Penn State is reacting to the Boston Marathon bombings by increasing security this week and throughout Blue-White Game weekend.
Fans visiting Beaver Stadium on Saturday will not be allowed to bring in any bags, backpacks or purses. These items also have been banned from all other venues on campus that are hosting events through Sunday.
Penn State’s annual Blue-White Weekend includes a carnival, concessions and the Nittany Lions’ spring football game, as well as 20 other scheduled events around campus.
The Blue-White Game will begin at noon. Parking lots will open at 8 a.m. and stadium gates open at 10:30 a.m. There is no admission or parking fee for the scrimmage.
There will be an increased presence of security at all events, with help from the FBI and state, local and university police.
Officials also plan a security sweep of the stadium and surrounding grounds with officers and police dogs.
Anyone with a medical need to carry a bag into the stadium should place medical supplies in a clear, one-gallon, zip-close style of plastic bag. Diapers and baby wipes also should be carried in the same type of zip-close bag.
Penn State police and public safety are asking those coming to campus this weekend to report anything that looks unusual or out of place by calling 911 or police at 814-863-1111.
“We are asking people to remain vigilant and alert,” said Steve Shelow, Penn State’s assistant vice president for police and public safety.