The NFL on Tuesday announced enhanced security screenings and fan guidelines for the 2013 draft, a three-day event at Radio City Music Hall that begins Thursday night and runs through Saturday afternoon.
A league spokesperson confirmed that the increased screening procedures are in response to last week's bombings at the Boston Marathon.
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"The NFL and its clubs have operated with a very high level of security since 9/11 for all of our games and events," said Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer. "With the help of the FBI, New York Police Department, Radio City and our private security partners, we will enhance our already comprehensive plans for the safety of our fans and other attendees."
According to the NFL, everyone entering Radio City will be screened. Security will include the use of metal detectors, pat-downs and other special security checks. The NFL said anyone who declines to undergo the security requirements will not be allowed into the building.
The NFL will open the doors to fans earlier than usual for all rounds. The first round is set to begin Thursday at 8 p.m., but fans can enter Radio City as early as 5:30 p.m. Rounds two and three will be held on Friday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Rounds 4-7 will begin at noon on Saturday.
The NFL, Radio City and the New York Police Department strongly recommend that spectators minimize the number and size of all items carried into the building. According to the league's announcement, fans are urged to bring nothing larger than a very small purse. All items carried by spectators will be carefully inspected, and the league has issued a list of banned items.
Among the prohibited items: backpacks, alcohol, camcorders, pepper spray, fireworks, food, aerosol cans, bottles and weapons of any kind. Small cameras and binoculars will be allowed, although camera cases are prohibited. No spectator cameras with lenses longer than 6 inches will be permitted.
Per the NFL, anyone wishing to attend the draft should obtain a wristband this evening, beginning at 9 p.m., on the 50th Street side of Radio City. Wristbands to secure a ticket for entry Thursday will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis to all individuals in line, including those with accessibility needs. All persons wishing to attend the draft must be present in order to receive a wristband and will be required to register and provide contact information on-site.
Anyone planning to attend the draft on Friday may obtain a wristband beginning at 10 p.m. Thursday on the 50th Street side of Radio City.