Sgt. Cathy Moody, who is in charge of special events for TCU Police, compares the changes prompted by the NCAA to NFL-style security measures and those of most major sporting leagues.
“The NCAA has made it a priority to ensure the safety of fans,” Moody wrote in an e-mail. “And I wholeheartedly support their decision.”
According to the new security measures, fans are allowed to bring the following into athletic events: one plastic bag, a small wallet or purse, an unopened bottle of water, coats, jackets, blankets and rain gear.
Prohibited items include large purses and diaper bags. Bags containing items of medical necessity will be permitted after being checked by security, Moody said.
TCU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Chris Del Conte was not available to comment on the new security measures but had a question-and-answer session on Twitter with fans.
Del Conte posted this on Twitter in response to a football fan: “Thanks my friend. Just making sure all is safe and welcome.”
Moody said that’s a response shared by many in the Horned Frog community.
“I believe that improving security has been a priority on this campus, from the Trustees and Chancellor all the way down to the staff and students,” Moody wrote.
Katie Drees, a senior business major, is open to the new security measures.
“I think it’s a good way to stay vigilant,” Drees said. “If the authorities think that that’s what we need to do to be safe, then it’s always better to be safe than sorry.”
Vigilance is important to TCU police. The deadly ISIS attacks in Paris were part of the reason for the implementation of the new security measures.
“In this kind of world right now that we’re living in, anything can happen,” said TCU Police Sgt. Ervey Garcia. “We always are keeping an eye out, but it’s just going to have to be extra now.”
The new security measures extend to all sporting events at TCU and into the current and next athletic season, according to Mark Cohen, director of athletics media relations.
However, according to Moody, these new guidelines do not extend to commencement ceremonies that will be held in Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena, starting with fall commencement on Dec. 19.
“Women will be allowed to bring their purses in and camera bags,” Moody said. “But we will be more aware of people coming in with large packages and things like that.”
The new security measures aren’t meant to cause inconveniences, rather to support TCU’s fans first policy.
“Each game is just as important as the other, and for us its not just a matter of the teams that are playing, it’s the safety of our patrons,” said TCU Police Lt. Ramiro Abad.