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Security beefed up for SEC Championship Game

ATLANTA – Police have increased security for this week’s SEC Championship festivities in Atlanta.

Authorities came up with a plan shortly after the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. The plans took on importance given another deadly shooting in California this week.

Officers from multiple agencies, including Atlanta Police, Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are patrolling the area around the Georgia Dome to ensure safety over the weekend.

Agents checked vehicles headed into restrictive areas on Friday. There was also visible security inside Georgia World Congress Center as SEC Football Fanfare got underway.

Those who attended the event in previous years said they noticed a difference in security.

APD said security will be similar at the game to recent NFL games. Only clear bags and small clutch purses will be allowed.

According to the Georgia Dome's website, the following will be prohibited:

  • Backpacks
  • Coolers
  • Large bags
  • Flag poles
  • Video cameras
  • Balloons
  • Laser pointers
  • Weapons

Tactical teams will be in place.

Officials advise those attending the game to get there early.

The game between Alabama and Florida kicks off Saturday at 4 p.m.,but activities begin much earlier in the day.

SEC FanFare is being held until 4 p.m. at the Georgia Congress Center. 


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