Auburn football

Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium will be using metal detectors at all of its gates for home games this season, beginning with today’s game against Tulane.

One strong bit of advice for those attending: Go early.

Use of the detectors is a good thing, as Auburn joins all the other schools in the Southeastern Conference in requiring the security procedure.

Most fans would agree that the added measure is a welcomed one in this day and time.

However, it will take a fresh sense of patience for fans waiting in line to go through the detectors, and for those schools that began using them last season, that has proven to sometimes be a problem.

You’ll have to empty your pockets and have your belongings checked, and so will the other 87,000 people trying to go inside. Thus, it makes sense to prepare for this before arriving at the gate.

Here are the instructions as shared by the university in a statement released this week:

To ensure the safety of everyone in attendance, Auburn Athletics will begin using walk-through metal detectors at all gates of Jordan-Hare Stadium this season.

Metal detectors will be required at all Southeastern Conference football stadiums by the fall of 2020. They are mandatory at all NFL and MLB stadiums.

Fans are encouraged to arrive at gates approximately 30 minutes earlier than normal to ensure a smooth entry into Jordan-Hare Stadium. All public gates will open two hours prior to kickoff. The screening process in the student section will begin two-and-a-half hours before kickoff.

Fans will not be required to remove shoes, belts, wallets, coins, watches, jewelry, coats or hats before passing through metal detectors.

The clear bag policy remains in effect. To expedite the screening process, fans are encouraged to place approved items such as clear bags, phones, keys, seat cushions, stadium chairs, bottled water, empty water bottle or cup, and small clutch purses in the container provided before passing through.

The approved clear bag with contents will be inspected at each detector screening table.

Pocket knives are not permitted inside Jordan-Hare Stadium. Guests are allowed to bring one factory-sealed water bottle (up to one liter) and one empty water bottle or Yeti-type cup which can be filled at multiple water stations throughout the stadium.

To increase efficiency entering the stadium, Gate 5 (east side) is now a public gate and additional points of entry have been added to Gate 1 (east side). Gate 8U (east side) is a dedicated entry for all fans sitting in Sections 99-114 (east upper deck).

Please be familiar with the entry gates closest to your seating section for an easier entry into the stadium.

Gate 5 (east side) and Gate 18 (west side) will continue as medical bag and stroller entry points for fans in need of special accommodations.

For your convenience, a prohibited item check location is available outside Gate 0 (east side). Fans may check prohibited items for safekeeping during the game for a $5 fee.

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