LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The University of Louisville women's basketball team players were not the only ones keeping their guard up at the KFC Yum! Center. A new group of security guards joined the lineup.
Tuesday was the first night for UofL's increased security measures at the KFC Yum! Center.
The changes include random metal detector screenings as soon as people walk through the door. Event goers then pass through another set of attendants who will scan their tickets to get in.
Tuesday night was a practice run, as they expected a crowd of 7,500 for the game against Darmouth. Wednesday night, they expect 22,000 fans.
The new security measures will be in effect at all UofL events at the KFC Yum! Center. Similar measures were put in place at Rupp Arena earlier this month. They increased the number of banned items.
The NFL has also increased their security measures at stadiums nationwide, from bomb-sniffing dogs to limiting the kind of bags allowed in.
UofL's security team is visiting Nashville where in a few weeks the Cards will play Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl. They're taking notes and observing their security strategies.
UofL officials are hoping fans give themselves extra time to make it to the game to avoid frustration.