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September 19, 2001

SMU TO HONOR AMERICA DURING SATURDAY FOOTBALL PREGAME CEREMONY, FANS ENCOURAGED TO ARRIVE EARLY DUE TO INCREASED SECURITY

DALLAS (SMU) --In light of last week's national tragedy, SMU athletic department officials are increasing security measures for this Saturday's home football game with North Carolina State at Gerald. J. Ford Stadium. Kickoff for the contest is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The athletic department is also encouraging fans to arrive early to allow for the increased security measures and to take part in pregame activities honoring America. In addition to a musical tribute, American flag stickers will be distributed to fans and the SMU Student Association will be collecting money to give to the Red Cross.

Extra security measures will include some restrictions on what fans can bring into the stadium:

  • Coolers, backpacks and large bags will not be allowed into Ford Stadium.
  • All purses and smaller bags will be subject to inspection prior to entering the stadium.
  • Passouts will be allowed but those who exit the stadium will be subject to inspection upon return.

In addition, police and crowd management staff will be increased by 25 percent for Saturday's game.

"While we feel that our security at athletic events has always been good, we are aware of the current national climate and we must operate under a higher level of security awareness," said SMU Director of Athletics Jim Copeland. "Safety and security have always been a high priority and our goal is to continue to make our game-day experience as enjoyable and fan-friendly as possible.

"We appreciate our fans cooperation, assistance and patience during this time. Our policies mirror those on other college campuses around the country."


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