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Title: NFL Wants Pat-Downs From Ankles Up At All Stadiums
Date: September 15, 2011
Source: USA Today

Abstract:
The NFL wants all fans patted down from the ankles up this season to improve fan safety.

Under the new "enhanced" pat-down procedures, the NFL wants all 32 clubs to search fans from the ankles to the knees as well as the waist up. Previously, security guards only patted down fans from the waist up while looking for booze, weapons or other banned items.

The stricter physical screening policy impacts the 16.6 million fans expected to attend live regular season NFL games this season. The more thorough searches will spell longer lines for ticket-holding fans seeking entry to games. It's sure to raise the ire of some fans who consider it an invasion of privacy.

The NFL recommended the new guidelines before the kickoff of the 2011 season which coincided with the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The league hopes fans will be "patient," says spokesman Brian McCarthy, and arrive earlier to games to avoid long, punishing lines.

"The enhanced security procedures recommended by our office before the start of the season will further increase the safety of fans but will require some additional time," McCarthy told USA TODAY in a statement Thursday. "We encourage fans to come early, enjoy their tailgating tradition, and be patient as they enter the stadium."

The NFL suffered damage to its family-friendly image when a South Carolina man was arrested for using an illegal stun gun on other fans at a New York Jets-Dallas Cowboys game Sunday night.

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The NFL predicts its live gate will be equal this year to last season's overall regular season attendance of 16,569,514.

The Buffalo Bills have announced the changes for fans attending this Sunday's home game against the Oakland Raiders at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills' announcement reads in part:

The Buffalo Bills will be implementing an enhanced pat-down procedure starting with this Sunday's game and the organization wants to communicate this new process to all fans attending the game. The new procedure is a recommendation from the NFL in accordance with the league's Best Practices policies. Specifically, the enhanced portion of the pat-down is for the area from the knees to the ankles. Bills officials have long recommended that fans arrive early to the gates and continue to do so, especially with the enhanced pat-down now part of the security measures taken at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

UPDATE: The Indianapolis Colts also issued a statement Thursday announcing stricter security screenings for fans entering Lucas Oil Stadium:

At the direction of the NFL, fans attending this Sunday's Colts vs. Browns game, and future NFL games, will be subject to an enhanced personal security screening prior to entering Lucas Oil Stadium. The screening will include physical pat-down (above the waist as well as below the knees) and inspection of all items. The enhanced personal security screening is in addition to the process guests have typically experienced at NFL games since 2001. In order to accommodate this security enhancement, guests are asked to arrive earlier than normal to avoid longer security lines at the checkpoints. Guests may refuse inspections; however, management reserves the right to refuse entry.

The idea of being physically searched by strangers while attending NFL games has been controversial for years. Several fans have filed lawsuits across the U.S., challenging the league's physical screenings in court. But the NFL's policies were upheld in court (USA Today, 2011).

Title: Lambeau Field To Use Security 'Wands' This Weekend
Date:
September 27, 2011
Source:
Security Magazine

Abstract: The National Football League is pushing for enhanced security, and starting with Sunday's Green Bay Packers game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, all fans will be subject to a hand-held, metal-detecting wand test before being admitted.

The procedure would be similar to wand inspections at the airport, but this process would be less invasive than the full-body exam, said Doug Collins, Packers director of security.

"We think it's a more thorough process, without having the hands-on in particular. We understand there has been some negativity out there from what the (Transportation Security Administration) has done. … This just eliminates that process," Collins said. "Pretty much the whole body will be scanned with the hand wand."

The Packers previously performed upper torso pat-downs at the security gates (Security Magazine, 2011).

Title: Green Bay Packers To Use Security Wands To Check Fans Entering Lambeau Field Starting With Sunday's Game Against The Denver Broncos
Date: September 27, 2011
Source: Green Bay Press Gazette

Abstract: Green Bay Packers fans should arrive early and expect some delays for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos as the team implements heightened security measures for the games at Lambeau Feild this season.

The National Football League is pushing for enhanced security, and starting with Sunday’s game at Lambeau, all fans will be subject to a hand-held, metal-detecting wand test before being admitted.

The procedure would be similar to wand inspections at the airport, but this process would be less invasive than the full-body exam, said Doug Collins, Packers director of security.

“We think it’s a more thorough process, without having the hands-on in particular. We understand there has been some negativity out there from what the (Transportation Security Administration) has done. … This just eliminates that process,” Collins said. “Pretty much the whole body will be scanned with the hand wand.”

The Packers previously performed upper torso pat-downs at the security gates.

The Packers are encouraging fans to arrive early as the new process will likely result in some delays in getting into the stadium.

“Be prepared for something different. It may take a few seconds longer, so if (fans) arrive a little earlier at the gates that would be helpful,” Collins said. “I don’t anticipate there being any lines that are so long that people miss the game or anything like that. … But every officer in every line will have those wands.”

Green Bay Police Lt. Kevin Warych said bags will still be subject to traditional searches and, to speed up the process, he advised fans to bring only what’s necessary.

“Only bring the bare essentials,” Warych said. “The less you bring, the faster it is for people to move through the line” (Green Bay Press Gazette, 2011).

Title: NFL Enforces New Security Measures
Date: August 21, 2012
Source:
Fox 8 News

Abstract: New security measures will be in place at the Browns’ preseason home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, the team announced.

All fans will have to go through a metal detector as they enter Browns Stadium. The security procedure is a new requirement for all NFL stadiums.

“This new procedure, using handheld metal detectors, will enhance the current screening process and ensure a safe gameday environment for all fans,” a Browns statement read.

Fans will be asked to hold their keys, cell phones, and other metal items in their hands during the process. The safety measures were enforced to eliminate the need for “pat-downs” before games, the team said.

With the new security procedure in effect, fans are encouraged to get to the stadium a little early (Fox 8 News, 2012).