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MSU adding metal detectors at football games

Walk-through metal detectors will be implemented at Mississippi State University football games starting this fall.

Posted: Aug 16, 2018 11:05 AM
Updated: Aug 16, 2018 6:21 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Walk-through metal detectors will be implemented at Mississippi State University football games starting this fall.

The university announced the addition Wednesday.

The detectors will be at all gates of Davis Wade Stadium beginning September 1.

The university says this is an effort to provide a safe and secure environment for all fans, coaches and student-athletes.

MORE: Click here for metal detector procedures 

MSU President Mark Keenum says the addition of metal detectors will be required of all Southeastern Conference universities by 2020.

When fans arrive at the gates of Davis Wade Stadium, they will be asked to follow the instructions of the security screening staff and place large metal objects such as phones, keys, cameras, approved seat cushions and cowbells in containers or in their clear bag on screening tables before passing through the detectors.

Fans will not be required to remove belts, watches, wallets, jewelry, shoes, jackets, coins or other small objects.

The university urges fans to arrive at the stadium gates 30 minutes earlier than normal to ensure a smooth entry.

MORE: See MSU's full release here 

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