Inside Track: Fans Must Prepare For Pat Downs

Fans coming to Saturday's game should be prepared for long lines as the team employs a new "pat down" procedure. Every fan will have to go through the new security procedure as part of a new NFL policy.

INSIDE TRACK: Fans coming to Saturday's game should be prepared for long lines as the team employs a new "pat down" procedure. Every fan will have to go through the new security procedure as part of a new NFL policy.

"There has been increased focus on security in the United States and around the globe," explained Lions Chief Operating Officer Tom Lewand. "In response to that, we and the NFL want to make sure that we provide our fans with the safest and most secure environment possible to enjoy sporting events. With the increased focus on security in Detroit in particular as we lead up to the Super Bowl this year, I think that it is prudent for us to get ahead of the game, stay ahead of the game and make sure again that we provide the safest possible environment for our fans."

"We think that this procedure - this modified pat down procedure - will be something that is not intrusive at all and that can be done expeditiously by highly trained individuals of the same gender. Women will search women and men will search men. We'll also have lines for families. This will be done quickly and efficiently to get people inside the building in a timely fashion. We just ask for everybody's cooperation as we continue to improve upon the experiences at Ford Field, both on the field and off," Lewand explained.

Lewand suggests that fan try to arrive 20-30 minutes earlier than normal to ensure that they do not miss the opening kick.

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