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Security To Be Heightened At Beaver Stadium, BJC This Weekend

Penn State announced that there will be additional security screenings set up at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 21 for Penn State’s noon game against the University of Michigan and at the Bryce Jordan Center’s three-band concert featuring Shinedown. The announcement comes following the terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday.

While the Department of Homeland Security announced that there are currently no known threats against collegiate stadiums, Penn State opted to ramp up security this weekend both at Beaver Stadium and at the Bryce Jordan Center, and fans will undergo some extra searches when attempting to enter Beaver Stadium.

Although having your bags checked at Beaver Stadium is nothing new, Penn State strongly recommends that fans do not bring a bag into either venue this weekend. For the concert on Friday, ticket holders are encouraged to arrive earlier than 6:00 p.m., which was the advertised opening time of the doors. Likewise, patrons will undergo a pat-down at all four gates.

As for Beaver Stadium, fans are asked to arrive at the venue 30 minutes earlier than they normally would to account for delays caused by more stringent security. The gates will open at 10:00 a.m., which is half an hour earlier than on typical noon game days. Football employees are also asked to arrive 30 minutes early and will be subjected to the same security measures as spectators.

Upon entering Beaver Stadium, everyone will be asked to open their coats and outerwear. Pat-downs by a trained male or female security professional may occur in separate lines at entry points. Fans may also be asked to empty their pockets at the gate.

Excluding authorized personnel and those with a medical need, people entering the stadium are encouraged to leave their bags at home or in the car. Per Beaver Stadium’s bag policy, a clear, 1 gallon, zip-close style plastic bag and wristlets no larger than 4” x 6” x 1” are all that is permitted in Beaver Stadium.

Beaver Stadium parking lots will open at 7:00 a.m., and everyone is encouraged to be in their seats by 11:30 to observe the Senior Day Ceremonies. Despite the ramped up security, Saturday’s game against Michigan is still the annual White Out game and the last home game for many Penn State seniors.

Mark Bodenschatz, Penn State associate athletic director for facilities and event management operations, said, “While we know this may be an inconvenience for some, we ask for everyone’s patience so that we can get fans into the stadium in time for the Senior Day ceremonies and the noon kick. The safety and security of our community is our No. 1 priority, and everyone’s help is needed.”

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Katie Klodowski

Katie is a senior from Pittsburgh, PA and a retired editor at Onward State. Currently, she works as a staff writer. True to her hometown, she is a fan of Steel City sports but also uses her ballet and music training to be a tough critic of all things artsy. The fastest ways to her heart are through pizza, sushi, and a solid taste in music (this means no Taylor Swift). To be constantly razzle-dazzled, follow her on all social media forms at @KatieKlodowski


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