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Magnetometers In Use to Keep Williams Stadium Safe

August 28, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Magnetometers In Use to Keep Williams Stadium Safe

In Liberty's continuing efforts to provide a safe and secure environment for all, walk-through magnetometers will be implemented at all gates of Williams Stadium in 2018.

In Liberty University's continuing efforts to provide a safe and secure environment for all fans, coaches and student-athletes, walk-through magnetometers will be implemented at all gates of Williams Stadium starting with Liberty's season-opener against Old Dominion on Sept. 1, 2018.

All gates at Williams Stadium will be locked down at Midnight the night prior to all home football games in 2018. Williams Stadium will remain a secured facility from the time of the lockdown the conclusion of the game.

Liberty Athletics implemented a Clear Bag policy in 2016 and the Liberty University Police Department started using magnetometers, last spring, for all of Liberty University Convocation Services and concerts inside the Vines Center. Additionally, magnetometers are currently mandatory at all NFL and MLB stadiums and are utilized at numerous college stadiums across the nation.

When fans arrive at the Williams Stadium gates, they will be asked to follow the instructions of the Rhino Sports security screening personnel, who will work in conjunction with the Liberty University Police Department on game day.

Fans will be asked to place large metal objects such as cameras, cell phones, keys and approved seat cushions in containers or in their clear bag on screening tables before passing through the walk-through magnetometers. Fans will not be required to remove belts, coins, jackets, jewelry, watches, wallets, shoes or other small objects.

Fans are encouraged to arrive at Williams Stadium gates approximately 30 minutes earlier than normal to ensure a smooth entry. To expedite the screening process, fans are urged to use their approved clear bag to carry permitted items into the stadium rather than placing them in the screening table containers. An updated clear bag policy is available at LibertyFlames.com/ClearBag.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why is Liberty University implementing metal detectors at Williams Stadium?
To continue our university's commitment to provide a safe and secure environment for fans, student-athletes, coaches and guests at our athletic facilities, beginning this 2018 season, Liberty University is implementing walk-through magnetometers at Williams Stadium.

Have there been prior threats made against Williams Stadium?
No, but like many stadiums and arenas, Liberty University is implementing walk-through magnetometers along with other measures as means to enhance all safety and security procedures. Liberty used walk-through magnetometers at the Vines Center last spring for Convocation services and concerts and they are mandatory at all NFL and MLB stadiums. Several college stadiums across the nation already utilize walk-through magnetometers.

Will there be a magnetometers at every gate?
Yes, there will be walk-through magnetometers deployed outside all gates at Williams Stadium. This will ensure that fans can efficiently enter the stadium.

How much extra time should fans allow for entry into Williams Stadium?
Fans are encouraged to arrive at gates approximately 30 minutes earlier than normal to ensure a smooth entry into Williams Stadium. To expedite the screening process, fans should be familiar with the Williams Stadium clear bag policy and prohibited items list and leave all other unnecessary items locked securely in their vehicle. More information is available at LibertyFlames.com/ClearBag.

What can fans expect once they get to the gates of Williams Stadium? 
Fans will be asked to follow the instructions of the Rhino Sports security screening personnel and place large metal objects such as cameras, cell phones, keys and approved seat cushions in containers or in their clear bag on the screening tables before passing through the walk-through magnetometers. Fans will NOT be required to remove belts, coins, jackets, jewelry, watches, wallets, shoes or other small objects. To carefully screen everyone, fans will be asked to individually pass through the magnetometers with their hands above shoulder level. The magnetometers will indicate by visible and audible signals to the security screening personnel if a secondary screening with the hand-held wand is required. Anyone in possession of a prohibited item will be asked to return the item to their vehicle before being permitted to have their ticket scanned to enter Williams Stadium.

What happens to individuals who cannot walk through a magnetometers due to a medical condition?
Magnetometers are safe for all individuals, including children, pregnant women and adults with most all medical implants or devices. Fans with concerns about passing through the walk-through magnetometers should check with their doctors to make sure it is okay. If you choose not to use the walk-through magnetometers, you will still be subject to screening with a small hand-held metal detecting wand. Fans with disabilities, in a wheelchair, or with a stroller will be directed to a nearby screening area at each gate location.

Does the clear bag policy remain in effect with the addition of the magnetometers?
Yes, the clear bag policy is still in effect. To expedite the screening process, it is recommended that fans use their approved clear bag to carry approved items rather than placed in the screening table containers. The approved clear bag with contents will be inspected at the each detector screening table. Updated information on the clear bag policy is available at LibertyFlames.com/ClearBag.

What time will gates to Williams Stadium open?
New for the 2018 season, all gates to Williams Stadium open two hours before kickoff (4 p.m. for a 6 p.m. kickoff and Noon for a 2 p.m. kickoff).

Do I have to take off my jacket, belt or shoes upon entry into Williams Stadium?
No, fans will NOT be required to remove belts, belts, coins, jackets, jewelry, watches, wallets, shoes or other small objects when being screened at Williams Stadium.

What if fans don't want to pass through the magnetometers?
Fans with concerns about passing through the walk through magnetometers will still be subject to screening with a hand-held metal detector wand. Fans with disabilities, in a wheelchair or with a stroller will be directed to a special screening area at each gate location. If you are still uncomfortable with the hand-held wands, inform a member of the Rhino Sports gate security staff to notify law enforcement.