SEC crowds are known for their passion, occasionally their kindness and definitely their large turnout which can prove difficult for local law enforcement to control.
Alabama announced Monday that it would follow suit of many stadiums and sporting venues around the country with the addition of metal detectors for the upcoming season.
The Crimson Tide already have a clear bag policy in place along with a list of banned items such as weapons, artificial noisemakers and umbrellas.
“It goes without saying that safety at our venues is of the utmost importance, and these security enhancements will help to ensure that our fans, student-athletes, coaches and personnel can enjoy their game-day experience in a safe environment,” Athletic Director Greg Byrne said in a statement.
The operation will work in a similar fashion to a TSA screening at an airport with fans asked to remove metal objects before going through a detector and getting them back on the other side. Anyone found with items not allowed inside will be asked to throw them away or take them back to their car.
Alabama is actually ahead of the game in terms of security league-wide. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey previously noted in June following Spring Meetings that metal detectors would be in place at all conference venues by 2020.