New security measures greet Seahawks fans at CenturyLink Field
SEATTLE -- New security measures greeted football fans at CenturyLink Field Thursday night as the Seahawks opened their NFL preseason at home versus the Minnesota Vikings.
Hawks fans found themselves walking through brand new standing metal detectors installed by the franchise.
“They are more accurate and faster than the metal detecting wands we used last season,” said Seahawks Business Communications Director Jeff Garza.
Along with security measures for fans going inside the stadium, on the perimeter law enforcement kept a visible presence with numerous bomb-sniffing dogs who searched each and every car parked outside CenturyLink Field.
At least three different agencies brought K-9 units to SODO including Seattle Police, Washington State Patrol and 8 dogs from MSA Security; a private firm hired by the NFL.
Most Seahawks fans who spoke to KOMO News welcomed the extra security.
“I think it is kind of crazy but it is understandable, you never know what people are going to bring in,” said Lisa Pedrey.
“Too me, it doesn’t matter I would rather be safe than sorry,” said Mike Melchior. “I would hate to see something bad happen, I have no issues with it at all.”
The Seahawks also reminding fans about what they can carry into the stadium:
- Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"
- One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
- Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options
- Fans with medical equipment are encouraged to enter the stadium through the West gateN