Fans at Albertsons Stadium will have to pass through a metal detector and their bags can be searched, Boise State announced Tuesday afternoon. The school says it is increasing security measures to ensure the safe environment at Boise State football games.
The changes come months after the Idaho Legislature passed a law that allows enhanced concealed weapons permit holders to carry concealed weapons on campus. Permit holders are prohibited from carrying weapons into Albertsons Stadium. Boise State and the state's other colleges and universities opposed the bill.
Boise State is encouraging fans not to bring bags into the stadium. If they do carry bags, the school is encouraging fans to carry a clear tote bag.
"Our highest priority is the safety and security of our fans, students and student-athletes,” Vice President for Campus Operations and General Counsel Kevin Satterlee said in a statement. “But we also place a premium on our fans and families having a great time and enjoying some of the best college football the NCAA has to offer. These new measures strike that balance in a way that is working around the country.”
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The school offered these tips for fans:
1. Bring a clear bag or no bag to the game.
2. Remember to leave prohibited items behind, including all weapons, alcohol, glass and coolers.
3. Don’t wait until just before kickoff to enter the stadium. The earlier you enter the quicker it will be.