PHILADELPHIA - In light of the recent terrorist activities that took place at the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, the Penn Relays would like to reiterate the following security measures that are in place for fans and participants at this year’s event.
The University released an official statement on Wednesday regarding security at the Penn Relays, "Security is always a high priority at the Penn Relays. It is something we take seriously, and given the situation in Boston, additional security measures will be undertaken during this year's games. We are not, however, going to discuss the specific details around security activities."
Please note, these guidelines will be strictly enforced:
*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.
*Penn Athletics is working with Penn’s Division of Public Safety which is responsible for the security of the event. The Division of Public Safety will have police and security personnel at every entrance (including athlete entrances) to thoroughly check and wand contents of bags and your person as you enter the Penn Relays.
*This procedure will take time, so please allow for ample time to get into the facility each day. This goes for athletes, as well; participants should plan ahead to ensure ample time to clerk for races.
The Penn Relays is the largest international sporting event in the United States this year. We hope you understand the necessary security adjustments, and that you are aware your safety is important to us. We appreciate your cooperation. Enjoy the Relays!