Expect heightened security for LSU-Florida game

Fans attending Saturday's football game between LSU and Florida in Tiger Stadium can expect increased security measures from uniformed police officers both inside and outside the stadium, LSU officials announced on Monday.

The gates to Tiger Stadium will open at 11:30 a.m., three hours prior to the 2:30 p.m. kickoff. Fans are encouraged to arrive early at the stadium.

Binoculars and cameras are not to be carried in a case, and anyone carrying backpacks or shoulder bags will have them thoroughly searched. At each entrance to the stadium, there will be a gate for those to enter with necessary medical cases, which will be also searched prior to entry into the stadium.

Those fans not bringing any bags into the stadium will be directed straight into the stadium. Other prohibited items in Tiger Stadium include: coolers, alcohol, glass bottles and cans, video cameras, poles of any size, and artificial noise makers of any kind.

Bags, ice chests and prohibited items may not be left outside the gates of Tiger Stadium. They must be returned to your vehicle. Any items left outside the gates of the stadium will be thrown away.

In addition to the gates of the stadium opening early, the band will also march down North Stadium Drive at an earlier time. The band is expected to march down North Stadium Drive at noon and will be in place in the stadium by 12:30 p.m.

Parking permit holders are urged to be in place well before game time. The permit parking lots close to Tiger Stadium will be manned for the duration of the game. Vehicles will not be allowed into a lot without a proper permit. In addition, vehicular traffic on North Stadium Road, South Stadium Road and Powerhouse Lane will be prohibited until after the end of the game.

"A lot of time and effort has gone into planning this security change for Tiger Stadium," LSU Athletics Director Skip Bertman said. "Our four local law enforcement agencies (LSU Police, Baton Rouge City Police, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police) have all come together and are working with us in this security effort. The procedures that we have set for the Florida game will be in effect for the remainder of the season."

In addition to the increased security in and around the stadium, truck traffic (more than two axles) will be prohibited on La. 30 (Nicholson Drive) and River Road from the hours of 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Baton Rouge City Police and Louisiana State Police will be assisting at outlying intersections to re-direct that commercial traffic. Trucks will be re-directed to the Interstate.

For all other football games, truck traffic will be prohibited at least three hours prior to the game and at least two hours after the game at the same locations.

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