NEW SECURITY MEASURES AT 49ERS HOME GAMES

Team president Peter Harris announced this week that things will be different at 49ers home games at 3Com Park.

For now and from now on.

In response to the horrific and tragic terrorist activity that took place on the East Coast last week, Harris said heightened security measures will be in place at 3Com Park by the time the Niners host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

"For this game and all games, security is our No. 1 priority," Harris said. "We are 100 percent committed to all changes being permanent changes. I think our world has changed, and we need to recognize that. We are going to sufficiently create an environment that's safe and secure where people will not choose to avoid this."

The 49ers have requested that the Federal Aviation Administration restrict the airspace over the team's home stadium. Harris said the ban would include all planes, including those toting advertisement banners, and blimps used by television networks.

"It's hard to think of an NFL game without a blimp," Harris said. "But we also experienced a lot of things last week we thought were inconceivable."

Among the new security measures announced by the team include: An increased presence by the San Francisco Police Department and the California Highway Patrol; a thorough search of the stadium on game day before fans are allowed to enter; an "enhanced screening" process fans will undergo as they enter the gates; possible parking changes; and a ban on coolers, bags, backpacks, fanny packs and any large purses being allowed into the stadium.

The Niners also are working on implementing a track-and-trace phone system designed to locate the origin of any calls that come into 3Com Park or the team's Santa Clara headquarters. "There will be a high level of security for ourselves," Harris said. "There's a commitment to know what's going on everywhere in the stadium at all times."


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