Fans headed to Memorial Stadium for the Nebraska-Iowa football game Friday are asked to arrive early and be prepared for additional security checks.
Similar to other stadiums across the country, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will step up its security efforts in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this month, although the increased measures are not in response to any specific threat.
Fans should arrive well before Friday’s 2:30 p.m. kickoff. Gates to Memorial Stadium will open at 1 p.m.
Two West Stadium entrances -- gates 6 and 8 – will be closed to fans on Friday, and other gates -- South Stadium gate 1 and East Stadium gates 17, 18, 19 and 21 -- will close after kickoff.
"Security wants to be able to move staff to the appropriate gates, just to limit the number of entries into the stadium," UNL spokesman Steve Smith said. "It will take a little bit longer for fans to get to their seats, so we would ask for their patience."
If your ticket displays a gate that is closed, university officials said to use the next available open gate to enter the stadium.
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Security members posted at stadium entrances will ask fans to open outer garments for visual inspection. And coats will be necessary Friday, because the forecast calls for partly sunny skies but a temperature of 33 degrees at kickoff. Feels-like temperatures will be in the 20s.
Smith said it should be sufficient for fans to unbutton or unzip their coats approaching the gate for a quick visual inspection by security staff.
Fans are asked to travel lightly and leave unnecessary belongings at home or in their vehicles. Small-sized purses and camera bags are allowed in the stadium, but will be screened at security check points. Blankets will be allowed.
UNL is asking fans to adopt the “if you see something, say something” mentality at Friday’s game. Stadium Operations can be reached via text at 69050, with a message beginning with “UNLPD.” Campus police can be reached at 402-472-2222.
Fans can also contact the nearest event staff member, security or police officer in the stadium for assistance.
"We're asking people to just use common sense, and if you see something, say something," Smith said.