Bag checks among changes to MTSU football game day operations

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – As the Blue Raiders get ready for the start of football season, fans are being reminded of some noticeable changes to game day operations.

Construction near campus: 

Construction on Middle Tennessee Boulevard is expected to slow the flow of traffic in and out of campus.

“It is going to be extremely slow and extremely congested,” said MT Associate Athletic Director of Operations Kortne Gosha.

Fans can park at the Greenland Drive parking lot for $10 per game.

Tailgating:

This year, fans who want to tailgate can do so at the President’s lawn – the space at the Wood-Stegall Building along Alumni Drive or the grassy area next to the Greenland Drive parking lot and Middle Tennessee tennis courts.

The Greenland tailgating area will be split into 50 30×30 foot plots. The spaces will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“We think the Greenland grass tailgating area will be a vibrant area for patrons this year,” Gosha said.

Bag checks at Floyd Stadium: 

For the first time, there will be bag checks at every entrance to Floyd Stadium.

All bags 14x14x10 inches and smaller will be allowed into the stadium.

“Security and safety is our No. 1 priority,” Gosha said. “We have collaborated with Murfreesboro Police, University Police, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security and a division of the FBI to talk about game-day security and some of the logistics in getting people in and out. We do know the first time or two will be different for our fans, but we hope and anticipate it will not slow down our lines for getting people in.”

A separate line will be available to fans without bags.

Items not permitted into Floyd Stadium include:
• Alcoholic beverages
• Bottles
• Cans
• Food
• Coolers
• Video cameras
• Laser pointers
• Artificial noise makers
• Umbrellas
• Backpacks
• Shoe bags
• Fireworks
• Weapons or any other items deemed dangerous or inappropriate by security or game management

Patrons found in possession of any restricted items may be subject to expulsion from the facility and the restricted items confiscated.

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