USC heightens gameday security in wake of Paris terror attacks
Fans arrived to Williams-Brice Stadium earlier than usual to go through a more thorough bag check before entering.
USC color guard member Madeline Donaway said she feels safe at Williams-Brice Stadium because everything must be sniffed by drug and bomb dogs upon entering the stadium.
By: Tanner Abel
Gamecock fans are not happy about how their football team’s defense played against the Citadel on Saturday, but they may have felt a bit safer at Williams-Brice Stadium after security was beefed up.
University of South Carolina officials wanted to make sure Williams-Brice Stadium was secure after the recent terror attacks in Paris,.
"The safety of our fans is our top priority,” USC spokesman Wes Hickman said in a statement to Carolina News. “Measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution to remain vigilant.”
A larger number of police and security officers than usual greeted fans outside the stadium gates on Saturday where they did more thorough bag checks. University officials were urging people to not even bring bags, but if they had to, officials wanted them to use a clear, plastic bag to carry their belongings.
Some students at USC say they trust the university to keep them safe.
“They’ve done a good job so far,” one student Danielle Hobbs said. “I don’t think we’ve had any real threats.”
Other students on Friday before the game were hoping the new security measures would be enforced.
“Are the policies actually going to be followed? Because a lot of times, we put these in place and people just kind of brush it off,” third-year student Caroline Seder said.
There were no issues reported at the stadium Saturday, which isn’t a surprise to member of the USC color guard team Madeline Donaway. Security is pretty high on a normal day, so not much changed in wake of the Paris attacks.
“Everything that goes into the stadium has to be checked by drug dogs and bomb dogs,” Donaway said. “So everything gets, I guess, sniffed before it goes into the stadium.”
It was business as usual for the security staff at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday. Now if they could just pass along their success to the Gamecock football team, fans would really be pleased.