Paul E. Norris Jr.
enacts new security measures at stadium
the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, U.Va. officials have
announced new security procedures for home football games that
will begin with the Cavaliers Sept. 29 game against Duke.
asking U.Va.s football fans for their support in this matter
as we work together to reasonably ensure the safety of everyone
attending home games in Scott Stadium including our students,
faculty, alumni, staff and guests, said Paul E. Norris Jr.,
U.Va. chief of police.
We are among the hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide
that are instituting these necessary precautions.
The Universitys procedures, developed in consultation with
federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, include the
Ticket holders will not be allowed to leave the stadium and return
during the game. The FBI has recommended this no pass
Backpacks, bags, carryalls and totes will no longer be allowed
inside the stadium. People should expect that diaper bags or bags
holding essential medicines will be checked.
Alcohol, food, umbrellas, containers, coolers and video cameras
continue to be prohibited.
Banners, flags and signs attached to sticks or poles also continue
to be prohibited.
The Federal Aviation Administration will restrict air space over
hope our fans will understand that these policies have beaen implemented
for the safety and security of everyone attending football games
at U.Va., said Craig Littlepage, director of athletics.
We realize that the re-entry policy has been important to
many of our fans, but security concerns must come before all else.
The procedures were implementing are recommended by the
additional security measures may cause some delays at the gates,
so ticket holders are encouraged to arrive early at the Carl Smith
Center, home of Scott Stadium. The gates for Virginia home football
games open two hours before kickoff. The Duke game is scheduled
to begin at 1 p.m., with the gates opening at 11 a.m.