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NFL To Start Using Handheld Metal Detectors At Stadiums Beginning Next Month
Published October 28, 2011
LESS INVASIVE FOR FANS: From a fan perspective, the handhelds are "much less invasive" than the patdowns and "that's great news," said Lucas Oil Stadium Dir Mike Fox. The Colts bought several scanners on their own to supplement the 100 the NFL is supplying at no charge. Whether it speeds up or slows down the flow of fans into the stadium remains to be seen, Fox said. Fox: "We won't take shipment until mid-November and as soon as we get them we will get our people trained." Contemporary Services Corp., Lucas Oil Stadium's security firm, is happy to use the devices compared with the intrusive patdowns, he said. Using those devices, or wands as they are commonly called, "will help you catch things like stun guns," said Erik Stover, a veteran stadium manager who spent a combined 13 years operating NFL facilities for the Chargers, Giants and Jets. "There is a lot of training involved." The NFL has previously used handheld metal detectors and walk-through scanners for the Super Bowl. NBA teams have been using the handheld units for the past several years to screen fans entering their arenas.