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Increased Game Day Security For Tomorrow's Football Game

(Photo by Ethan Magoc/WUFT News)
(Photo by Ethan Magoc/WUFT News)

Those planning to attend tomorrow’s football game can expect to see an increase in security.

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, the University of Florida Police Department will increase the number of bomb detection dogs and police presence at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for the Gator’s matchup against Florida Atlantic University, said Wayne Clark, spokesperson for UFPD.

The Gainesville Police Department, Alachua County Police Department and police departments from around the state – and on the federal level – will be working with UFPD.

“Every game there is an influx of around 90,000 people to campus,” said Sgt. Brandon Cutner, spokesperson for the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

Cutner said there will be more searches around the stadium than normal, including more officers, scrutiny and extensive bag checks.

For Saturday’s game, UFPD stresses people pay attention to their surroundings, and alert security of any suspicious activity, or see anyone carrying anything on the prohibited items list.

Contact the nearest law enforcement officer, or call UFPD to report any suspicious activity 352-392-1111. People can also text the word “Gators” to 69050.

Addie is a reporter for WUFT News and can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.