LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - University of Kentucky's first home football game is Saturday. Security for this season will be different than years past. "We want to make sure we're on our toes and see every detail because if you miss one little detail, that's what could lead to a problem down the road," Chief Joe Monroe said from a security room at Kroger Field.
Crowded venues have made for deadly international headlines recently. Twenty-two dead after a concert in Manchester, England last May, and a bombing outside a European soccer stadium last year. All the more reason for concern for the University of Kentucky to make sure this stadium is safe on game day. "It's really changed the way law enforcement, public safety, looks at securing venues," Chief Monroe said.
A big change this year for the Southeastern Conference is requiring clear bags for football games. "The reason we want it to be in a clear bag is it will expedite entry into the facility because we're not having to do bag searches. We can visually check those as you come in," he said.
Chief Monroe said security is always changing for the stadium. And there's reason for it. "I don't think you can ever be comfortable in your operations, planning, because that leads to complacency. So one of the things we have to do is every year we constantly are reevaluating our operations plan and making it better for the following year."