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2014 Pro Bowl comes with a change in security

By Ashley Moser
Published On: Jan 24 2014 04:16:19 PM HST
Updated On: Jan 24 2014 07:21:30 PM HST

NFL security officials ramp up safety precautions at Aloha Stadium after multiple threats on sporting events around the world.

HONOLULU -

Hawaii residents get to see pro football once a year at the Pro Bowl.  For some it's a tradition.

Click here to watch Ashley Moser's story.

This year, tradition comes with a change in security.  NFL security officials say this comes after multiple threats on sports events around the world.

"Certainly has brought us to a place where we are mindful and vigilant of potential threats that exist in our stadium, and our country for that matter," said Lenny Bandy of NFL Security.

Because of that, it's a whole new ballgame when you enter Aloha Stadium this year.

"We have implemented a clear bag policy that restricts the types of bags that can be brought into NFL stadiums," said Bandy.

It's a policy that Aloha Stadium officials are welcoming with open arms, especially with an expected crowd of some 40,000 to 50,000 people.

"When you have that big of a crowd in one area, you have to have some delays," said Deputy Stadium Manager Lois Manin.  "We try to get everybody in as fast as we can.  Bag check, hopefully, won't be as long because of the clear bag policy."

You're allowed to bring in a plastic bag 12-inches-by-6-inches-by-12-inches, a one gallon clear freezer bag or a small clutch the size of your palm.  You can bring in medically necessary items.

Don't be alarmed if security approaches you with one of the see-through bags after you park.  They're just trying to save you a trip back to your car to put away your huge bag.  You can keep the bags as NFL mementos.

Some fans don't mind using the bag.

"There's not too many things you can bring in, so the less the better," said fan Willie Collins.

"If I'm going somewhere, I want to feel safe.  I don't want anybody to make me feel like I have to give up something," said Salt Lake resident Melissa Jonas.

Giving up those extra items and leaving them at home will mean shorter lines at security check points.

Click here to see photos of the 2014 Pro Bowl practice.

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