AU athletics department increases security for Iron Bowl

Published 2:55 pm Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Auburn University’s athletics department has increased security measures in the lead up to Saturday’s Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The department announced today that gates will open at noon for the 2:30 p.m. kick off to allow for “smooth ingress and greater inspection” entering the stadium.

According to the university’s athletic department website, fans will see an increased police presence in and around the stadium and an increased number of Vapor Wake dogs and K-9 detection teams monitoring the stadium. Additionally, there will also be many security enhancements blended into the crowd.

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“Safety is always the highest priority for major events on the Auburn University campus,” said City of Auburn Police Chief Paul Register. “However, with the sensitivity to world events and the expected increase in fans in attendance this weekend, additional precautions are in effect this week for the Iron Bowl.”

A state helicopter will patrol the air space around the stadium and campus, and two Homeland Security observation towers will be erected on each side of the stadium.

Bags larger than 12-by-12-by-12 are prohibited. Those without bags can enter the express gates at Gate 2, 12A, 12C and 15.

The usual pre-game, halftime show and touchdown fireworks will be a part of the game. A flyover has also been scheduled for the pregame show featuring F-16s.

Auburn Athletics and law enforcement officials encourage fans to report all suspicious activity. Fans can contact the Jordan-Hare Stadium command post at 334-844-2807 or utilize the text assist service — text “AUBURN” to 69050. Text message rates may apply.

The following items are prohibited in Jordan-Hare Stadium:

• Artificial noisemakers


• Cameras with lenses over four (4) inches


• Large bags (12 x 12 x 12 is maximum size)


• Outside food or drink


• Pets


• Stadium seats with arms


• Umbrellas


• Video cameras


• Weapons


• Any items deemed inappropriate, hazardous or unsafe by venue personnel