After Boston Bombing, Penn Relays Undergoing Changes

The Penn Relays, taking place next weekend, is instituting tighter security measures than usual, after this Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings. Here is a list of current safety protocol that will be in place.

*Backpacks and large bags (gym bags, duffel bags, etc.) WILL NOT be permitted into Franklin Field or the Relay Carnival Village for spectators.

*Participants (athletes, coaches, team medical personnel) WILL be permitted to bring in backpacks; these bags will be thoroughly checked, and will only be allowed in via the designated participant entrances.

*ALL bags containing food must be smaller than 12″ x12″ x 6″ and in clear plastic bags. Sealed plastic water bottles and cardboard juice boxes are permitted inside the clear plastic bags.

*Coolers, glass bottles and cans WILL NOT be permitted.

*Animals are not permitted except service animals.

*Contraband items such as weapons, flag poles, sticks, and other poles are not permitted.

*Barbeque items and any open flames are not permitted.

*Smoking is not permitted in Franklin Field, per City of Philadelphia code.

“The athletes, everybody in fact, should expect slower-moving lines than normal just because, well for instance, with the athletes the backpacks will be checked rigorously,” Director of the Penn Relays Dave Johnson told Newsworks.