Expect tighter security, pat-downs at Bengals games

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Following guidelines in effect across the NFL since the opening weekend of the regular season, the Bengals will implement an enhanced pat-down procedure for gate entry, beginning with this Sunday's 1 p.m. game against San Francisco at Paul Brown Stadium.

The new procedure is a recommendation from the NFL in accordance with the league's Best Practices for Stadium Security. In addition to the checking of all bags entering the stadium and the limited torso pat-down -- both implemented in 2007 -- the pat-down now also will include the area from the knees to the ankles.

The Bengals wish to communicate this new process to all fans planning to attend home games this season. The Club also wants to remind all fans of the items that are prohibited from being brought into the stadium.

Though it is not anticipated that the enhanced pat-down will significantly impact the process of entering the stadium, the Bengals have long recommended that fans arrive early to the gates, and the Club continues to so recommend.

Prohibited Items

To ensure that all guests have a safe and enjoyable visit to Paul Brown Stadium, guests will not be permitted to bring the following items into the stadium:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animals (except for animals that assist people with disabilities)
  • Audio recording equipment
  • Bottles, cans or other beverage containers (except sealed bottles of water)
  • Chairs
  • Hard Sided Coolers
  • All bags and purses must fit in an 16" x 16" x 8" box
  • Fireworks or missile-like objects
  • Frisbees
  • Ice Chests
  • Illegal substances
  • Laser Pointers
  • Noisemaking devices: i.e. bells, bullhorns, whistles, etc.
  • Obscene or indecent clothing
  • Segways or other motorized scooters
  • Sticks, bats, poles or clubs
  • Strollers
  • Thermoses
  • Tripods
  • Umbrellas
  • Video or movie cameras
  • Weapons: i.e. guns, knives, mace, handcuffs, nightstick, caps, blackjacks, etc.
  • Anything that can be used as a projectile or deemed dangerous

Prohibited items that are discovered during security inspections must either be returned to the owner's vehicle or discarded. No item may be left at the gate. All other items that enter the stadium are subject to a visual search.

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