University of Alabama has detailed plans to introduce walk-through metal detectors at Bryant-Denny Stadium on game days.
The move is designed to provide continued safety for fans, student-athletes, coaches and game-day personnel.
The university trialled a similar system during the final game of the 2017 college American football season. Guests will be asked to remove any metal objects from their person before going through the detectors. Any prohibited items will be disposed of or returned to their owners’ cars.
Greg Byrne, the university’s director of athletics, said: “It goes without saying that safety at our venues is of the utmost importance, and these security enhancements will help to ensure that our fans, student-athletes, coaches and personnel can enjoy their game-day experience in a safe environment.”
Byrne added: “While this will require some additional time for entry into the stadium, understand that measures will be put in place to help the flow of traffic move as quickly as possible through the gates. We will also be using more metal detectors than recommended to ensure the smoothest possible entry for our fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium.”
Metal detectors are mandatory at NFL and Major League Baseball stadiums and are used at other college venues across the US. By the fall of 2020, metal detectors will be used at all football stadiums across the Southeastern Conference as a result of a recommendation from the league’s working group.