The NFL has issued a statement on stadium security for this weekend’s games in response to the terror attacks in Paris.
The Redskins have a home game tomorrow against the Saints so fans attending could be affected.
The league notes that in accordance with their normal procedures those in attendance must pass through mental detectors and go through “multiple layers of perimeter security” to get into the stadium area.
In addition, there will be “an increased security and law enforcement presence both inside and outside stadiums in the parking lots of our stadiums this weekend.”
The league says that according to the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, there are no known threats against NFL stadiums.
The league is recommending that fans do not bring bags into the stadium and if they must they need to be in compliance with the league’s bag policy, which states that a bag must be made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceed 12" x 6" x 12.
This is the usual bag policy but it seems the NFL is letting fans know that it will be very strictly enforced.
It seems like delays are possible so it would be a good idea to allow extra time to get to FedEx Field tomorrow and give yourself plenty of time to get from the car to the stadium.
The full NFL statement follows:
The safety of our fans, stadium personnel, and teams at all NFL games is our priority, and security at our games is robust. Our procedures have been certified and designated by the Department of Homeland Security since 2008 as effective anti-terrorism technology. All NFL clubs use mandatory metal detector screening and multiple layers of perimeter security external to the stadium to safeguard fans and the stadium from explosive threats.
Following the events in Paris on Friday, we are closely monitoring events and have been in communication with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, which have informed us that there are no known threats against NFL stadiums.
In addition to our standard procedures described above, there will be an increased security and law enforcement presence both inside and outside stadiums in the parking lots of our stadiums this weekend. We have been in contact with clubs hosting games to reinforce our standard procedures and the league’s best practices.
We strongly recommend that fans do not bring bags with them to the stadium. If it is essential to bring a bag, it must be in compliance with the clear bag policy which requires that it be made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceed 12" x 6" x 12." It is important that all fans comply with these requirements, and we appreciate their efforts to cooperate with these security measures.
The NFL and team security departments work closely with stadium operation personnel and federal, state, and local law enforcement to provide a safe experience for the more than 17 million fans who annually attend NFL games. The NFL and its teams continually evaluate and improve our comprehensive security plan.