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AUBURN TO REVIEW GAME-DAY PROCEDURES AT JORDAN-HARE STADIUM
AUBURN - The Auburn Department of Public Safety and the Athletic Department will review procedures at Jordan-Hare Stadium following Saturday's game against Mississippi State.
In response to the Sept. 11 national tragedy, Auburn implemented several policies, including bag searches, designed to ensure the continued safety of spectators.
"We are going to review what happened before the game," AUDPS Director Bill Nevin said. "Our primary goal is to make sure that our fans are safe, but we also want to facilitate the traffic flow as best as we possibly can. We will determine our best solution which may include opening more gates, but we will continue to make security our focal point."
Auburn fans are urged to arrive early at the game and to limit the items they bring with them. Spectators are subject to lawful search. The only items that are permitted in Jordan-Hare Stadium are small purses or equivalent handbags as well as flexible, soft seat cushions, small Walkman-type radios with headphones, binoculars, cell phones and pagers. Any exceptions will be dealt with at gates 1 and 12.
"Our fans have a wonderful tailgating tradition," Athletic Director David Housel said. "We took that fact into consideration when we developed this policy. We will look at everything we did to see if it can be done better. But, we will not sacrifice our security. In a way, we are like the airports. We need to find what we need to do and do it better."
Auburn will face Florida Saturday at 6:45 p.m., CDT. Gates will open two hours prior to kickoff.