Fans encouraged to arrive earlier for Saturday's U-M home football game, everyone to be screened
Nov. 22, 2015 - Everyone attending Saturday's University of Michigan football game at Michigan Stadium is encouraged to arrive early as each patron will be screened for prohibited items.
While there currently are no known specific safety threats for the Stadium, out of an abundance of caution, each patron will be asked to open their coat or outerwear for a visual inspection to screen for prohibited items. Patrons also may be patted down by law enforcement officers or asked to empty their pockets, if necessary.
The existing permitted and prohibited items list - which includes prohibition of bags of all sizes, bottles and weapons - will be strictly enforced. Exceptions for medical needs with authorization from a medical professional and limited baby supplies for an attending baby may be granted, but the items must be carried in a clear, gallon-size bag.
"We want this to be a safe environment for our patrons and area neighbors," said Joe Piersante, director of University Security Services with U-M's Division of Public Safety and Security. "We regularly analyze our security plans and make modifications as necessary. This week, we also will be screening each person entering the Stadium."
"We expect a very large, excited crowd for the big game," Piersante said. "Therefore, we are encouraging fans to park early as nearby parking areas may fill up quickly. Then plan to arrive at the Stadium early in order to clear the gate security and watch the Senior Day tribute during pre-game ceremonies."
Parking at the U-M Golf Course and Ann Arbor Golf and Outing will open at 7 a.m., while parking at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School will open at 6 a.m. Michigan Stadium gates will open for suite and club seating areas at 9:30 a.m. and general seating at 10 a.m.
"Additionally we are encouraging patrons to immediately report any suspicious behavior or unattended belongings to security personnel," said Piersante. "If you see something suspicious, say something! Find an officer or Event Team member, or call 911, or text DPSS at 377911. Provide a specific location and physical description of the suspicious item, activity or person. We all have a role in keeping the Big House safe."
Persons who refuse inspection or search will be denied entry.
For game-day updates on the status of nearby parking lots, follow U-M Athletics on Twitter (@UMichAthletics).
Clery Act turns 25
This month marks the 25th anniversary of a federal law that strives to make higher education campuses safer. A celebration symposium recognizing the Jeanne Clery Act, enacted in November 1990, was held today (November 11) in Washington, D.C.
The U-M Clery Act compliance coordinator Diane Brown attended the event. Speakers included Clery Center for Security on Campus co-founder Connie Clery, Department of Education director and compliance manager Jim Moore and many others.
The Clery Act requires higher education institutions to help educate campus communities about how to prevent crimes and publish information about reported crimes and existing campus security policies.
For more details on the Clery Act, visit clerycenter.org. For more details of U-M's compliance efforts including the 2015-16 Annual Security Report and Annual Security Report, please visit: dpss.umich.edu/topics/clery/.
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