Fans going to University of Kentucky home football games this season should expect to have all items searched as they enter the stadium, UK Police Chief Joe Monroe said Friday.
Guests can enter Commonwealth Stadium with one small bag no larger than 13.5 inches by 10 inches by 7 inches, Monroe said Friday at a news conference. Backpacks are not permitted.
Bags must fit within sizing bins at all stadium entrance gates, according to a new policy effective for the 2013 football season.
"We encourage everyone to arrive early. Bring as very few items as possible to expedite entry into Commonwealth Stadium," Monroe said.
The new policy reflects what many large venues are doing after the Boston Marathon bombings in April that killed three people and injured 264 people, Monroe said in an interview after the media conference.
"If you look at the NFL policy on stadiums, you have to have clear (see-through) bags," Monroe said. "If you look at NASCAR, they have been doing it for several years."
Monroe wouldn't say whether UK would eventually go to a clear bag-only policy. But he said the 2013 bag policy will be evaluated after the season "to see how it works."
Gates 4, 9 and 12 will open two hours before kickoff. All other gates open 90 minutes before kickoff.
Another security — and convenience — change is that all reserved permitted lots will have numbers painted at the end of the rows to help fans find their vehicles after the game.
In addition, because of many construction projects and road projects on campus, "we encourage everyone to be aware of any road closures or detours, and develop an alternate route if necessary," Monroe said.
Woodland Avenue is reduced to one lane, northbound only, from Columbia Avenue to Rose Lane. Northbound traffic will be moved into the southbound lane. Southbound traffic on Woodland Avenue will be detoured onto Rose Lane to Rose Street to Columbia, then back to Woodland Avenue.
Cooperstown Drive from Sportscenter Drive to Woodland Avenue will be open before and after the game. Non-permitted game-day traffic westbound on Cooper Drive will be directed north on Sportscenter Drive to park in parking structure No. 7 or exit the complex via Cooperstown Drive.
Game-day traffic information will be broadcast on the radio on 1700 AM.
"Parking on any university green spaces not designated for parking, city streets or residential yards is not permitted," Monroe said.
A limited number of grass spaces are available to student groups in the northwest quadrant of Cooper Drive. Students wishing to reserve a tailgating space along Cooper Drive must reserve a space through the Student Center director's office by noon on the Wednesday before home football games.
The parking lot opens at 8 a.m. on game day, but here are some things to remember if you tailgate Saturday:
■ Golf carts are prohibited.
■ Tailgate in back of your vehicle.
■ Large industrial-size cookers must be approved by UK Athletics before game day.
■ Portable generators must be approved by UK Athletics (they must have a decibel rating of 60DB or less).
■ Open flames are not permitted without prior authorization from the University Fire Marshal's office.
■ Banners and signs recognizing businesses may not be posted on Commonwealth Stadium property unless approved by UK Athletics.
■ Caterers must have proper parking permits to be admitted.
■ No parking on any green space between the Green, Red and Blue lots.
■ Music should be confined to your tailgate area. Any use of live bands or a DJ must be approved by UK Athletics before game day.
■ Tents erected on green space may be no larger than 10 feet by 10 feet, unless approved by UK Athletics
■ Tents may not be erected in parking spaces unless they too have a permit
■ Fans using a tent or canopy over the tailgate of a vehicle should keep the travel lanes open for vehicular traffic.
See the full list at UKathletics.com/fbgameday/parking.html.
Source: The University of Kentucky