WMU News

WMU increases security for football games

Oct. 2, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University officials announced today that increased security measures will be in place for remaining home football games this season. The University's increased security at larger public events is consistent with steps being taken throughout the country following terrorist attacks Sept. 11.

Some of the increased security measures will directly affect fans attending:

  • Fans are encouraged to arrive early. Expect delays at stadium entrances.
  • Coolers, backpacks, tote bags and duffle bags will not be permitted in the stadium.
  • Purses and other hand bags will be checked by security personnel.

"We have heightened our security awareness to ensure the safety of fans, teams and game officials," said Dave Corstange, WMU's senior associate athletic director. "While we are increasing security measures at the stadium, fans can expect the same enjoyable and festival atmosphere at Waldo they have grown accustomed to."

Other security measures include a 30 percent increase in the number of WMU police officers patrolling the stadium. The air space over Waldo Stadium has also been declared a no-fly zone by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The Broncos' next home contest is this Saturday, Oct. 6, versus the University of Akron. The game has been designated Southwest Fest, Family Fest and Education Day. Southwest Fest starts at 3:30 p.m., gates at Waldo open at 4:30 p.m., with kickoff slated for 6 p.m.

McDonald's stadium concessions will be accepting donations for the Red Cross.

Tickets are still available by calling the Athletic Ticket Office toll free at 888-4-WMU-TIX or by ordering online at <www.wmubroncos.com>.

Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, 616 387-4138, daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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