Increased Security at Penn State University
STATE COLLEGE — One of the most anticipated weekends at Penn State University is here. People travel to University Park for the football team’s annual Blue and White Game. University officials have increased security in the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
“They almost have to with all that’s going on in Boston. It’s a scary situation,” said Joanne Brady.
Signs outside Rec Hall warn people of some new rules. Fans are not allowed to carry purses or bags into Beaver Stadium or into any of the other events during Blue and White Weekend. Dozens of people, like Amanda Schryver, were turned away from the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Tournament for trying to bring bags inside.
“We didn’t know about not being able to bring our purses in. I understand why, but if it was just made known earlier, it wouldn’t be a big deal. Now we’re going to have to walk out and probably miss my brother start to compete,” said Amanda Schryver.
For people who absolutely need to carry things inside these events, such as medication or baby food, Penn State University is providing these one gallon clear zip bags to take the place of purses or backpacks.
“I think it’s an excellent idea, I mean safety is very important, especially in lieu of what’s happened in Boston. I’d rather be safe than sorry,” said Sue Cooper.
Sue and Terry Cooper moved to State College last year from Boston.
“We went to the marathon for years and the second bomb that hit went off across the street from where we stood last year. We appreciate security and we understand the issues,” said Terry Cooper.
In addition to the ban on bags, Penn State said police will do a security sweep of Beaver Stadium before the game, and extra law enforcement will be on hand at all events this weekend.