Patriots asking fans to arrive early on cold night at Gillette
|11.23.13 at 1:41 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots are warning their fans to be ready for the cold — and the added time it takes for them to safely pass through security at Gillette Stadium for Sunday’s much-anticipated showdown with Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
Temperatures are expected to be in the low 20s and drop into the teens throughout the game, which kicks off at 8:30 p.m. With winds kicking up around 20 MPH, wind chills could fall into the the low teens by the end of the night.
In order to avoid lines, Jim Nolan, senior VP of stadium operations, is asking the 68,000 fans to get to the stadium early.
“We have had good response to the league’s new ‘clear bag’ policy,” Nolan said. “But with fans bundling up and bringing extra layers Sunday night, there will be more to check.”
Blankets and extra layers of clothing are allowed to be carried into the stadium. We ask that such items be loosely draped over an arm, and not folded or rolled up, for ease of screening.
Starting this year, the NFL implemented new security screening measures, including the NFL’s clear bag policy. The message all season has been made CLEAR, the only bags allowed in NFL venues must be CLEAR and no larger than 12’x6’x12’ (with the exception of a small clutch, no larger than 7’ x 4’ x 2’).
In addition, all arriving guests are screened by metal detectors, a process that is considerably slowed when patrons forget to take cell phones, keys or loose change out of their pockets prior to the screening. In an effort to expedite the process, especially when our guests are arriving bundled for cold weather, we are reminding all fans to remove ALL METALLIC ITEMS from their pockets in advance of the security screening process. Metallic items can either be held in their hands or placed in a plastic bag for ease of inspection. Parking attendants will have complimentary one gallon freezer bags available for all guests upon entry into the parking lots.
For additional information on the NFL’s clear bag policy, please go to NFL.com/allclear. For more information on Patriots and Gillette Stadium ticket and stadium policies, please visit patriots.com/tickets/information.