The Green Bay Packers say they'll be the first team in the NFL to screen fans with hand-held metal detecting wands when the team hosts the Denver Broncos this Sunday.
The wands, which will replace pat-downs as the primary method to screen people as they enter Lambeau Field, are similar to those used by the Transportation Security Administration at airports around the country.
The measure is being implemented at the recommendation of the NFL,¬†team representative Aaron Popkey said.
The Packers' director of security and risk management, Doug Collins, said the procedures will increase the safety of fans at the stadium.¬†He¬†advises fans to¬†arrive at Lambeau earlier than in the past, since it¬†may take more time¬†for Green Bay police officers to perform the enhanced inspections at the gate.
Pat-downs may still take place if officers notice anything suspicious, Popkey said.