10/9/01

Meredith Jenkins, 334/844-9800

AUBURN ADDS ADDITIONAL SECURITY FOR JORDAN-HARE STADIUM

AUBURN -- The Auburn University Department of Public Safety and the Athletic Department have developed new rules for spectator entrance into Jordan-Hare Stadium on game-day.

The new procedures come as a result of a lengthy review process between the two departments following Auburn's game against Mississippi State on Oct. 6.

Increased security will remain the focal point in the new entrance procedures, but spectators will be permitted to bring several additional items into the stadium.

Items that are permitted in the stadium are:

** chairback seats
** soft seat cushions
** small cameras
** small purses or equivalent handbags
** small Walkman-type radios with headphones
** binoculars 
** cell phones
** pagers

Items that are prohibited in Jordan-Hare Stadium are:

** backpacks 
** video cameras
** recording devices
** artificial noisemakers
** umbrellas
** coolers
** alcoholic beverages
** weapons

Fans are urged to arrive early at the game and to limit the items they bring with them. Law enforcement personnel will thoroughly search all items that are brought into the stadium. Additional uniformed and civilian security personnel, as well as bomb detection canine units, will be placed in and around Jordan-Hare Stadium to enforce additional security measures.

"Safety and security is our No. 1 priority at Jordan-Hare Stadium," said Bill Nevin, director of AUDPS. "As a result, we have added a large number of additional law enforcement personnel to aid in the searches and the security efforts at the stadium. We will have an extremely large presence of law enforcement officers."

All gates at Jordan-Hare Stadium will be open, starting with the Florida game.

Fans who do not have any items with them will be able to use "speed lanes" to enter the stadium more easily.

Gates will open 2 1/2-hours prior to kickoff, which is at 6:45 p.m., CDT.

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CONTACT: Nevin, 334/844-2255