The Ohio State University Athletic Department has issued the following
statement regarding new Ohio Stadium security precautions to be put
into effect beginning with the Ohio State vs. Northwestern game on
October 6, 2001.
- Please allow for additional time, and extra 20-30 minutes, to
enter Ohio Stadium prior to kickoff.
- It will be necessary and appreciated for our fans to cooperate
with the requests of security officers, ushers and ticket takers
in a timely manner to avoid delays at all points of entry.
- Al persons, including fans, media and Ohio State Athletics Department
personnel, will be subject to search. No one without a ticket or
credential will be allowed into the stadium.
- The Ohio State Department of Athletics has enjoyed the complete
cooperation of the Columbus Fire Department, OSU Police Department,
Columbus Police Department, Franklin County, the State Highway Patrol,
the American Red Cross and several other local and state agencies.
The precautions that we are putting in place are simply in response
to recent events.
- No backpacks, fanny packs, coolers, bags, containers of any size,
chair-back seats, televisions, cameras or hand-held radios will
be allowed in the stadium.
- No bags or totes containing clothing items of any kind will be
allowed in the stadium.
- Pagers, cell phones and small purses are permissible, as are binoculars
if they are uncased and worn around the neck. /All purses are subject
- Appropriate apparel for the weather may be worn or carried through
- Fans with special health and medial related problems should use
Gates 9, 14, and 25. All containers and bags, however, will be subject
to search. Only items required for health and medical problems will
be permitted through the gates.
- The stadium will be locked down at 5 p.m. Friday and will not
open before 5:45 Saturday.
- Anyone with an item which does not pass security measures will
be asked to take the item back to his or her vehicle or dispose
of the item. There will be no holding areas for such item.
Additionally, Geiger announced that Ohio Stadium, and
for that matter all stadia in the country, are now no-fly zones. The
days of banner toting aircraft and news helicopters circling Ohio
Stadium are now over.
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