Foxborough police in conjunction with the National Football League are implementing new rules at Gillette Stadium including a ban on many carry-in items, from coolers and brief cases to backpacks and seat cushions.
Officials have long wanted to incease security at the stadium and the Boston Marathon bombings have prompted them to act.
“I’m glad we are being proactive about it,’’ Sullivan said, crediting town police, stadium owner Robert Kraft, and the NFL. “You can’t stop it, but you can work to avoid it.” Next
The rules go into effect the day the New England Patriots meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first preseason home opener on Aug. 16. Next
Only clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bags that do not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches—and what permissible things that fit in them—will be allowed in the stadium unless a medical necessity requires a nonconforming bag. Next
Foxborough Police Chief Ed O’Leary is coordinating efforts with the State Police, Team Opps (Kraft’s security force), and his own department in a collaborative effort that he says also relies on intelligence information from the FBI.
“It’s always been a concern that something could happen at Gillette,” whether it be the work of “terrorists” or just someone going “off the wall,” Sullivan said. Next
“Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment, and public safety is our top priority,” said Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer.
Miller said the bag ban will make security checks “much more efficient and effective, and we will be able to deliver a better and quicker experience at the gates and also provide a safer environment.”
While there is no estimate yet of how the time required might change, officials in Foxborough say the lines are already long and patrons should be prepared to see longer ones. Back to the beginning
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