Stadium Security: Large bags prohibited

Oct. 12, 2009

In order to make your visit to Vanderbilt Stadium more enjoyable, university officials want to remind fans about security precautions in effect at the entry gates.

Acting on continuing recommendations from law enforcement agencies, university officials remind fans to refrain from bringing large items - including purses - to the game. Bags or purses that do not fit inside 8"x11" boxes stationed near each gate are prohibited. Bags of all sizes, from fanny packs and diaper bags to binocular cases, are subject to search at all gates.

"Our game-day security procedures follow consultation with our police department and other agencies," Vanderbilt Assistant Vice Chancellor Brock Williams said. "Our staff realizes that a limited number of patrons attending the game, such as parents with infant children, have special circumstances. But we also strongly encourage fans to leave all non-essential items in the trunk or at home."

Items that are not permitted past Vanderbilt Stadium's entry gate include: all food and drink containers, bottles, horns, cans, thermos bottles, ice bags, ice chests, backpacks, large bags, video cameras, strollers, infant seats, hard surfaced materials, pocket knives, or any object deemed hazardous by the game management personnel. Gate personnel are instructed to enforce this rule in the interest of safety. Stadium security has the right to inspect any item at any time for the purpose of spectator safety. Prohibited items must be returned to cars or disposed of before entering the stadium

Vanderbilt police officials strongly support these security policies. "These are appropriate and prudent measures that will help ensure a safe environment for all of our dedicated Commodore fans," Vanderbilt Chief of Police August Washington says.

For more information about Vanderbilt football game day practices and procedures, please go here.



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