appreciate new security
alcohol-related incidents were reported at football games after
University officials changed rules and security procedures at
Scott Stadium in the wake of Septembers terrorist attacks.
the changes: patrons were not readmitted once they left the stadium;
bags, backpacks, banners and poles were added to the list of prohibited
items, which already included food, alcohol and coolers; and the
number of security personnel was increased.
everything I hear, there had been a dramatic improvement in alcohol-related
incidents, said Craig T. Littlepage, director of athletics.
There have been fewer scuffles, fewer situations related
to public drunkenness. There have been fewer reports across the
Bauman, assistant director of facilities for game and events operations,
said alcohol has long been a concern at games. Though beer and
wine are not served at the stadium, many fans drink at pre-game
parties, and many had been returning to nearby tailgate parties
for a halftime drink.
Police Capt. Michael Coleman confirmed that there were fewer reported
incidents of intoxication at the football games, which translated
to fewer fights and other related violations. People seemed to
be lingering longer after the game for tailgate parties, which
Coleman attributed to warmer fall weather.
security made law enforcement easier, Coleman said. Bauman put
50 to 60 more people on security a 10 to 20 percent increase
many outside the gates checking bags. He said there were
no back-ups and everybody was in the stadium by kickoff.
patrons appreciate the added measure of safety, Littlepage
At the first home game after the attacks, against Duke on Sept.
29, fans were still tense, Bauman said, and the security measures
gave them added comfort. In subsequent games, patrons grew more
accustomed to it.
of the responses I heard were Thanks and It
went quicker than I thought, Bauman said.
new football regulations are being reviewed before a decision
is made about whether they will be continued next season, officials
said. Security measures would be looked at as part of any normal
post-season review, Littlepage said, noting that many universities
have permanently adopted similar policies.
fans favor continuing the no re-entry policy, and Bauman agrees.
From an operational standpoint, it has to do with how many
times you handle people, he said. We would have people
come in, get their ticket punched, go inside and then almost immediately
turn around, get their hand stamped and go back out.
more people in the stadium at halftime translated into better
concession business is hard to judge. Concession sales depend
on many factors, Bauman noted, and fluctuate from game to game.
For example, concessions did 35 percent more business at the Virginia
Tech game than at the Georgia Tech game a week earlier, though
the crowd was less than 20 percent larger.
are so many variables in determining this, Bauman said.
We probably had greater sales this season because of our
schedule, with Florida State and Penn State.
Kates, director of the University Bookstore, said clothing sales
at the bookstores close-to-the-stadium outlet, T.Js
Locker, suffered because people could not bring bags into the
game. Sales were steady within the stadium and at the main Bookstore,
where people could make a purchase and have it held for them until
after the game. Kates said T.J.s Locker would hold purchases
if customers asked, but that service was not promoted because
of the size of the store.
change in policy had seemingly little impact on stadium trash,
From what I hear, the trash pick up was not as bad [outside
the stadium], said Chris Willis, director of Facilities
Managements operations department.
Willis also noted that trash collection is affected by rain, temperature
and whether or not U.Va. wins. Theres more trash if
its a close game, he said.
Dennis Clark, director of U.Va. Recycling, said the volume of
recycleables increased in Scott Stadium after the new rules went
into effect. He said there are about 10 to 12 tons of trash per
game, of which about 25 percent is recycled.
procedures are being continued at other athletic venues. Bags
are being checked before basketball games at University Hall,
though patrons are being allowed to leave and re-enter, mostly
to smoke at halftime. U-Hall is an 8,000-seat, no-smoking facility,
which makes it different from a 50,000-seat, open-air stadium,
Bauman explained. Basketball halftime is shorter, he noted, and
the game is not an all-day event with tailgate parties in the
Police Chief Paul Norris said he would soon meet with police chiefs
from other schools in the state, and athletic security polices
will be among the topics.