Auburn is stepping up pregame security at Jordan-Hare Stadium this weekend.
Its annual Iron Bowl game against Alabama will draw hundreds of thousands of people to the area, so the school announced increased safety measures following “world events” such as the recent terror attacks in Paris.
Here are some abnormal additions to the security plan:
- Gates will open at 1 p.m. ET, two and a half hours before game time
- Increased police presence in and around Jordan-Hare Stadium
- Additional personnel from law enforcement agencies will patrol the exterior of the stadium
- An increased number of Vapor Wake dogs and K-9 detection teams monitoring the stadium.
- Many “unseen security enhancements”
- A state helicopter patrolling the air space around campus to monitor activity
- Two portable Homeland Security observation towers located on each side of the stadium.
Auburn also included a reminder that fireworks and an F-16 flyover will be a big part of the in-stadium experience, so fans should not be startled by the loud noises.
“Safety is always the highest priority for major events on the Auburn University campus,” City of Auburn police chief Paul Register said. “However, with the sensitivity to world events and the expected increase in fans in attendance this weekend, additional precautions are in effect this week for the Iron Bowl.”
Fans will be able to report any suspicious activity by dialing 334-844-2807 or by texting “AUBURN” to 69050.