Florida increasing security awareness for Saturday's USF game
With worldwide attention focused on Gainesville as a local church makes preparations to burn the Muslim Quran outside of its 50-member establishment, Florida athletic officials are heightening security awareness for Saturday’s game against South Florida.
The University of Florida and the University Police Department remain in contact with other local, state and federal officials monitoring the situation, and the campus has heightened its security awareness.
Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center, and members of his congregation, plan to burn at least one of the holy Muslim books on Saturday, which is the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
Fans are being asked to pay closer attention to their surroundings, and to report any suspicious packages or activities in or around Ben Hill Griffin Statidum to police.
A sellout crowd is expected and fans are encouraged to arrive at the gates early and pay particular attention to the prohibited items list, which will be strictly enforced.
Food/drink containers, bottles, cans, thermoses ice bags, ice chests, any artificial noise making device, flags, weapons, umbrellas, strollers, back packs, carry bags, video cameras/cases or any items deemed hazardous by game management personnel will not be allowed in the stadium. Law enforcement officials have the right to inspect any item at any time for the purpose of spectator safety.
- There are no provisions to check items at the gates.
- Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited.
- Chairbacks larger than a single seat are prohibited.