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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

If you're planning to attend one of the 20 Montgomery Public Schools sponsored football games that will take place at Cramton Bowl this year, you need to know about some new screening procedures that are being put into place.

Officials say out of an abundance of caution, and in the wake of Alabama's new gun law, a combination of increased security personnel and screening of patrons will be put in place for the 2013 season, beginning with Thursday's Lanier vs. Northview game.

"We want our students, parents and community members to enjoy seeing our teams play in a safe environment," said MPS Superintendent Barbara W. Thompson. "We are grateful for the incredible partnership we have with the Montgomery Police Department and the Montgomery County Sherriff's Office. It is a team effort."

The most notable change will be that every person entering the facility will be checked by a metal detector and screened for weapons. Band members, cheerleaders and auxiliary groups will also be screened before entering the venue. MPD Police Chief Kevin Murphy says arriving early is the key for fans. 

"We are asking fans to arrive approximately 30 minutes early to ensure everyone gets through the process and finds their seat before kickoff," said Chief Murphy. "We will have officers in the parking area and inside the stadium to ensure everyone enjoys themselves and has a great experience."

Cramton Bowl prohibits oversized clothing and insignia that promotes illegal activity or violence.  Any weapon (including firearms) alcohol, outside food, and coolers are also prohibited.  Umbrellas, backpacks, duffle bags, and artificial noise makers are also not allowed.  There will also be no passes out of the stadium. 

INFORMATION SOURCE: Montgomery Public Schools System

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