Stadium Security Heightened For Saturday's Football Game

Sept. 26, 2001

Tempe, Ariz. -- Arizona State University announcesheightened security at Sun Devil Stadium beginning this Saturday,September 29 for the Arizona State-San Jose State game at 7 p.m.

'The University requests patience and cooperation from our fans during this difficult time in our nation,' says ASU Assistant Athletic Director for Stadium Management Tom Sadler.

Coolers, bags, backpacks, fanny packs and large purses now will be prohibited at Sun Devil Stadium. Nothing larger than small purses, which will be subject to visual inspections upon entry, will be allowed into the stadium.

Items that will be allowed into the stadium, but will still be possible subject to search include small purses, cell phones, pagers, clear zip lock bags with food snacks, clear zip lock bags with diapers, flags without poles, sealed water bottles (44 oz. or smaller), small hand held cameras, diaper bags, blankets, seat cushions/stadium seats and binoculars with small cases.

Similar scrutiny of vehicles entering all stadium parking lots will be instituted. Passenger vehicles parking within 100 feet of the stadium will be subject to additional scrutiny. Trucks, vans, andsports utility vehicles will be relocated beyond the 100-footperimeter.

Fans attending this week's game also will notice an increase in the number and visibility of uniformed police and security personnel throughout Sun Devil Stadium.

Sadler indicates gate screening may require more time than usual for fans to enter the stadium. Arrival in your seat earlier than normal is recommended. Fans are urged to move into their seats sooner than usual to avoid the last-minute 'gate pressure' which frequently occurs due to late arrivals.

Sadler also notes Sun Devil Stadium is closed to the publicthroughout the week. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. this Saturday, 90minutes prior to the 7:00 p.m. kickoff.

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