TAMPA — Fans attending Sunday's Bucs-Lions game should be prepared for expanded patdowns: The area from their knees to their ankles will be added to the usual head-to-waist inspections.
Those new security measures for the regular-season opener at Raymond James Stadium are being implemented throughout the NFL, according to the Tampa Sports Authority.
The searches will be "done expeditiously by highly trained individuals of the same gender," according to the Sports Authority. That means men will pat down men, and women will pat down women.
Anyone refusing the expanded patdowns will not be allowed into the stadium.
Ray Jay's gates will be opened 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 1 p.m. kickoff. Fans are asked to arrive early because of the extra security measures.