PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – You can count on Eagles fans to bring the excitement at Sunday’s home opener against the Giants. This year, there is something else you can expect – enhanced pat-downs.
“When the guest comes to the stadium, they’re used to the traditional pat-down from the waist up,” said Leonard Bonacci, the director of event operations. “This will also include the lower half of the body starting at the ankle. It won’t be as intrusive as airport screening, but you’ll see a little difference.”
Bonacci says the new security measures have nothing to do with YouTube video from two weeks ago which shows a brawl that broke out at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. after someone brought a stun gun to the game.
An NFL spokesman said “the enhanced security procedures” are not a result of any specific threat, but the league is always “refining and improving security.”
Football fans are sounding off about the changes. Some are okay with the pat-down, while others find it offensive.
“It seems like it’s a bit much,” said Eagles fan Ewane Etinge.
“I think it’s excellent that the NFL cares about the general public and they want to do the right thing,” said Pete Webster of South Philadelphia. “These are troubled times for our country as far as security is concerned.”
“I say anything that keeps us safe or at least makes us feel safe whether it’s at the airport, games or any public gathering, I’m all for it,” said Wanda Washington.
Officials wouldn’t demonstrate the new pat-down for security reasons. However, they are encouraging people to arrive 20 to 30 minutes earlier for Sunday’s game.
Reported by Jericka Duncan, CBS 3