Security Tightened at Sanford Stadium

Security at the Georgia-Arkansas SEC football game at Sanford Stadium Saturday will be intensified in response to the terrorist attack two weeks ago in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania.

Some of the measures being taken include:

-- Stadium lockdown beginning Friday evening. Complete sweep by security personnel and bomb-sniffing dogs.

-- Increased security personnel throughout the stadium including gate personnel.

-- Reduction in items being permitted in the stadium. Prohibited will be backpacks and all oversized bags and continuation of items already prohibited including video camera cases, artificial noisemakes, and coolers. Also, in accordance with Southeastern Conference policy, no pass-outs will be issued

-- All items, including ladies handbags, will be subject to search at the gates.

-- In accordance with current Federal Aviation Administration regulations, there will be Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) which does not permit aircraft within three nautical miles of Sanford Stadium and/or within an altitude of 3,000 feet.

-- Intensified surveillance and search of vehicles in and around Sanford Stadium.

-- Gates will open 30 minutes earlier than usual (4:00 p.m.) to relieve delays due to searches at the gates.

"Certainly safety of the fans and players is paramount as we approach this game," said UGA Athletic Director Vince Dooley. "We have observed what many other schools have done in games this past weekend and believe we have implemented a plan which provides us with significant, but realistic, upgrades in several areas of our security operation. We also appreciate the fans' understanding of what we hope will be limited inconveniences they may encounter."

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