LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The University of Louisville Athletics Department is implementing new security measures at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, including the introduction of magnetic wanding at all entry gates, as well as restrictions on the types of bags that may be carried into the stadium.
According to a news release from the department, the changes are being made, "in the interest of augmenting existing security measures at football games," but the changes apply to other events as well, including concerts.
"Fans are encouraged to enter the stadium early, as magnetic wanding will be added to the entry process for all patrons at all gates on game days," the news release states. "Upon entering the queue at the stadium gates, fans will be asked to empty their pockets prior to being wanded by a security guard. Cell phones, keys or other metal objects are examples of items that should be held in one's hands over the head while being scanned."
According to the news release, gates will open at 1:30 p.m. -- two hours prior to kickoff -- on Sept. 16 for the U of L vs. Clemson game, in order to encourage fans to enter the stadium early.
There are also new rules concerning the types of bags and containers that can be brought into the stadium.
"Fans are encouraged not to bring any bags inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium," the news release states. "However, each ticket holder is allowed one small clutch purse (no larger than 6.5 inches x 4.5 inches) and one large clear bag, either a one-gallon clear Ziploc-style storage bag or a 12 x 6 x 12 inches clear tote bag. The policy, which includes all U of L athletics venues on campus, is similar to one instituted at all NFL and many collegiate venues in recent years, enhancing security procedures to ensure a safe environment."
"Diaper bags (with child) are permitted and subject to a thorough security inspection," the news release continues. "A clear bag is strongly recommended for bringing diapers and non-medically necessary items for babies and young children. An exception will be made to allow medical items that cannot be transported in a clear bag into the venue. Medically necessary items or equipment may be brought to the game, but the bags or equipment must be inspected and tagged by security supervisors at the entry gates."
Fans will be asked to take non-approved bags or other items back to their vehicles before they will be allowed into the stadium. They will not be allowed to check bags in for later retrieval.
Unopened bottles of water may no longer be brought into the stadium.
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