BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Football fans in Baton Rouge are two days away from one of the most significant games to ever be played in the capital region.
This Saturday (September 10), as the Southern University Jaguars face off against the LSU Tigers, Baton Rouge Police (BRPD) will be on site among the thousands of fans expected to descend upon Death Valley.
It’s anticipated that at least 100,000 visitors will make their way to LSU’s Tiger Stadium. And amid the excitement about the upcoming game, some have concerns about the massive number of attendees.
Katlyn Williams, an LSU junior, is one such concerned citizen.
Williams told BRProud she’s worried about, “having random people being on campus” and explained that this raises a red flag when it comes to safety concerns.
But BRPD leaders are assuring the public that plenty of security will be on hand.
BRPD Public Information Officer, Don Coppola reiterated this Thursday, when he told BRProud that football players are not the only ones with a game plan.
Coppola said, “We’re going to have measures out there to ensure everyone’s safety. We’re going to have horses. We’re going to have motorcycles. We’re going to have maybe officers on bicycles, along with the ones on foot manning corners. So we’re going to have the presence out there.”
All hands will be on deck to make sure violence doesn’t ruin the night.
“Officers from different departments in Baton Rouge Police, the Sheriff’s Office, and State Police, along with other law enforcement partners will be out there. But again, we rely on the honor community as well,” Coppola emphasized.
Police will be on the lookout for drinking and driving offenders as well as any individuals who may suffer from medical emergencies.
Coppola touched on this latter point, saying, “Our local EMS, Acadian Ambulance will be on the scene providing any type of medical-related issues.”
In addition to the security measures listed above, stadium workers will enforce the clear bag policy as well as the use of one main campus entrance and exit, which will help to ensure that all guests leave Tiger Stadium safely.
So, even though a massive crowd is expected to make its way to LSU this weekend, BRPD and its partners will be on hand to keep fans as safe as possible.