Beginning this season, walk-through metal detectors will be present at all entrances to Memorial Stadium to help ensure the continued safety of our fans, donors, coaches, student-athletes and visitors. As a result, we’re asking you to plan ahead and allow extra time entering the stadium.
Outfitting a stadium of this size with screening devices at every entrance is a significant undertaking. We’re spending countless hours planning with some of the most experienced safety experts in the world as we get set to open the gates in late August.
The undertaking is part of a trend occurring at major sporting events across the country and the safety of stadium occupants is the number-one priority. Presently, the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL mandate similar procedures at their venues.
As we did in Littlejohn Coliseum for men’s basketball last year, we’re looking to our guests to facilitate entry by remembering a few things:
You will be asked to remove large metal objects from your pockets prior to walking through the metal detectors entering Memorial Stadium. Shoes, coins, wallets, belts and jewelry will not need to be removed. Please follow instructions from stadium event and security staff to help with the entry process.
Fans who either have a relevant medical condition or do not feel comfortable walking through the metal detectors can notify event staff and participate in an alternative screening process. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: artificial noisemakers, backpacks, non-clear bags or purses, banners/flags/flag poles, coolers, outside food or beverage, knives or weapons of any kind.
Metal Detectors at every gate in 2019
Arrive a few minutes early
Clear Bag Policy in effect
Clear Bag Policy Reminder:
The Memorial Stadium Clear Bag policy is still in effect. All bags brought into the stadium must be a 12”x12”x6” clear bag or smaller. For more information on the Clear Bag policy, please see below.
Tiger Tracker system helps keep kids safe on game day
The athletic department has implemented a child identification system for football home games and other athletic events to help children who may get separated from their families. The Tiger Tracker system will allow lost children to be quickly reunited with their families.
Youth-sized wrist bands will be available at various locations around the stadium. The wrist bands will be completed with information about the family’s seat location and the cell phone number and name of an adult chaperone of the child. The wrist bands will enable police officers and athletic department staff to locate the families of lost children quickly.
Wrist bands will be distributed to families entering the stadium or can be picked up at stadium guest service kiosks, the Tiger Tailgate Show (located outside Littlejohn Coliseum) and the IPTAY/Ticket Office.
Why is Clemson University implementing metal detectors?Clemson is implementing the walk-through metal detectors to enhance our safety procedures at Memorial Stadium. This is an effort to make sure that our fans, student-athletes, coaches and game day personnel can enjoy the games in a safe environment.
Have there been any prior threats made against Memorial Stadium?No. Like many stadiums, Clemson is implementing the walk-through metal detectors to enhance safety procedures. Metal detectors are already mandatory at NFL, NBA and MLB venues, and they are in use at other college stadiums around the country.
Will there be a metal detector at every gate?Yes. There will be 120 metal detectors set up outside of Memorial Stadium. An additional 20 will be available as secondary detectors for those who require additional screening. This will ensure that fans can quickly enter the stadium.
How will the process work once a fan approaches the metal detector?Fans will be asked to follow the instructions of the gate security personnel and place their cell phones, cameras, keys and other large metal objects in their clear bags or in the security containers on the screening tables before passing through the metal detectors. Fans do not need to remove belts, wallets, watches, jewelry, coins, or jackets. Those who have prohibited items will have to return those items to their cars before entering the stadium.
What happens to individuals who cannot walk through a metal detector due to a medical condition?According to the manufacturer, the CEIA walkthrough metal detector in use at Memorial Stadium has been tested and approved by all appropriate authorities for human exposure of electromagnetic fields; this includes pregnant women, those having implantable medical devices and magnetic media. However, if a fan has a medical condition and doesn’t feel comfortable passing through the metal detector, they can identify their need to gate security personnel and will be offered alternative screening.
Does the clear bag policy remain in effect with the addition of the metal detectors?Yes, the clear bag policy will still be in effect. To expedite the screening process, it is recommended that fans use their approved clear bag to carry all approved items. Each clear bag will be inspected by gate security staff at each metal detector.
Will gates at Memorial Stadium open earlier?All gates, except the Oculus, which serves the WEZ Club, will open 2.5 hours prior to kickoff. The Oculus gate will open at the conclusion of Tiger Walk.
Guests will be able to watch their belongings throughout the screening process and will pick them up at the end of the table once they have passed through the metal screening.
If a walk-through metal detector alerts event staff to the presence of items that require further inspection, visitors will be asked to step aside and undergo secondary screening.
Patrons are asked to pay more attention to their surroundings and to immediately report suspicious activity, vehicles and persons to police. Please call the Clemson University Police Department to report any suspicious activity on campus: 864.656.2222.