Notre Dame to use metal detectors at football, basketball, hockey games

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SOUTH BEND — Walk-through metal detectors will be used at all gates at Notre Dame Stadium for the 2019 football season, the University of Notre Dame announced Thursday.

The new policy begins with the Sept. 14 first home game.

The policy will not be in effect this Saturday for the spring Blue-Gold football game.

The change is part of an ongoing commitment to safety and security, according to university officials.

Metal detectors will be used at all home football games, as well as men’s and women’s basketball games in Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center and at hockey games at Compton Family Ice Arena, according to the university.

Metal detectors may also be used at other events in those locations or other campus venues, on a case-by-case basis, the university said.

“As we continue to analyze our safety and security procedures, the introduction of metal detectors adds another layer of protection for guests, teams and staff,” Mike Seamon, vice president for campus safety and University operations, said in a written statement. “Most fans have likely experienced this added safety precaution when attending games at other college or professional venues. This technology aligns Notre Dame’s fan safety procedures with industry best practices.”

Metal detectors were used at Notre Dame Stadium on Jan. 1 for fans arriving to attend the NHL winter classic hockey game featuring the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins. They’ve also been used for some commencement ceremonies in Notre Dame Stadium featuring prominent guests, including the 2017 commencement at which Vice President Mike Pence was the commencement speaker.

Notre Dame already has a policy requiring clear bags at athletic events. After having bags checked, fans will pass through the metal detectors and then have tickets scanned for entry to the venue. Those entering will not be required to remove belts, cell phones, coins, jackets, jewelry, watches, wallets, shoes or other small objects.

Information about the clear bag policy is available at A complete list of prohibited items is available online at

Metal detectors were used at Notre Dame Stadium for the NHL's Winter Classic in January.