Texans enhance game security

HOUSTON- Beginning Saturday, August 12, the Houston Texans will enhance security measures at Reliant Stadium. For all Texans games, stadium personnel will conduct pat downs at all gates.

Separate lines will be designated for men and women and staff will be on hand to address any concerns about the increased security measures. The Texans anticipate that the process will take guests a few extra moments to enter the stadium so fans should get to the game early. Guests can assist by entering the proper lines, discarding prohibited items prior to the stadium and having purses open and easily able to be checked when approaching the security staff.

Prohibited items include bags (larger than 11"x17"), backpacks, video cameras, camera cases, illegal substances, coolers, bottles, flag/banner poles, outside food and beverages, weapons, noisemakers (including cowbells), beach balls, footballs, laptop computers, and laser pens. Any prohibited items found during pat down searches will be confiscated or given to the guest to return to their car. Guests that refuse to undergo the additional security screening will be denied admittance to Reliant Stadium.

The NFL formed a committee in 2001 to address the security needs of all teams. "Best Practices for Stadium Security" was developed as a set of guidelines. These policies were put in place in response to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's efforts to enhance security measures at all public places throughout the country.

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