Browns fans could have longer wait...entering stadium

5:46 PM, Aug 21, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Browns fans are now subject to metal detection searches before they are permitted inside Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Browns Security Vice President Carl Meyer says it's for the safety of the fans. There will no longer be individual pat-downs or entrance lines segregated by sex.

Screeners will use a magnetometer to search for weapons and contraband.

Meyer recommends you get to the game early, leave unnecessary metal in your cars, and have personal items that might set off detectors in your hands as you approach the gates.

Fans have mixed reaction to the changes.

"If they were to mess up one time, the results could be disastrous, so if they want to wand people, I'm all for it," said Browns fan Rhett Holmes.

"It might be a little over-reaction, however, if that's what they want, it's their league," Browns fan Jack Kananian said.

The new security measures are a league rule not exclusive to the Cleveland Browns stadium security.

All 32 NFL teams are responsible for implementing the metal detection devices starting in pre-season. That means that Friday's pre-season game at Cleveland Browns Stadium against the Philadelphia Eagles will be the first time fans will see the metal-detecting wands.

The game starts at 7:30 p.m.


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