TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – In a proactive effort to evaluate improved security procedures, The University of Alabama will test the use of metal detectors at select men’s basketball games in Coleman Coliseum. The first of such testing will take place on Jan. 12 against Texas A&M, followed by the Feb. 6 contest against Georgia, the Feb. 16 matchup versus Florida and the March 5 game with Auburn.
The entry process will be similar to the one in place at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the 2018 season. Upon arrival, guests will be asked to remove any metal objects from pockets or clothing before going through the detectors. Those with prohibited items will have to dispose of them or return those items to their cars before entering the coliseum. Individuals who are unable to pass through a metal detector due to special circumstances will be checked with a hand-held device.
These enhanced security measures, in addition to the University’s clear bag policy, will be used to enforce existing rules for prohibited items, which include weapons, artificial noisemakers, flags/banners, strollers, computers and more.
Metal detectors are now mandatory at NFL and MLB stadiums and are in use at NBA arenas and other college stadiums and arenas around the country. In addition, as a result of a recommendation from the Southeastern Conference’s working group on event security, it was decided that metal detectors would be utilized at football stadiums across the league, and other events as determined on each campus, by fall of 2020.