Football fans attending this Saturday’s University of Iowa Hawkeye football game with Purdue will encounter security changes.
The UI’s interim security director, David Visin, says items that had been permitted to be carried into the stadium are now prohibited.
“So the major difference is if you plan to bring a purse or a bag that was normally allowed in the stadium, we are prohibiting that for this game,” he says. “And you should bring your items in a gallon-sized ziplock bag, or we will allow a small, hand-size clutch purse for other items as well. But all those items will be searched, no matter what.”
Visin also says fans will notice an increased law enforcement presence, both inside the stadium and in tailgating areas.
At the University of Northern Iowa, there are home basketball and football games this weekend. A spokesperson for UNI's Department of Campus Safety says there will be extra security officials on hand for those events.
Many other major universities in the U.S. are planning to increase security at their stadiums this weekend.
Visin says he isn’t anticipating the same procedures at Carver-Hawkeye Arena’s basketball and wrestling events because of security differences within that building.