Disharoon Park, Klöckner Stadium and Palmer Park Bag and Entry Policies
Where are security checkpoints be located?
Screening areas are located at all entrances to Disharoon Park, Klöckner Stadium and Palmer Park. All those in attendance – from fans to game day staff – are required to pass through the security checkpoints in an effort to enhance security at the venue’s events.
When do venue doors open?
Disharoon Park, Klöckner Stadium and Palmer Park gates open 60 minutes before the start of home baseball, men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse games.
How can I get through screening quickly?
Guests are strongly encouraged to leave bags and non-essential items at home or in their vehicles. Bags and extra items take more time to search and slow down the screening process. Be prepared – have cell phones, key rings, cameras and any large metal objects out of your pockets. Guests do not need to remove jackets, hats, coins, belts, jewelry, watches, etc. Follow these steps and screening should take only a few seconds.
How many bags can each person carry into a venue?
Each guest can enter Disharoon Park, Klöckner Stadium or Palmer Park with one large clear bag (12″ x 12″ x 6″ or one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag) and an approved clutch purse/wallet (no larger than 4.5″ x 6.5″). The clutch purse/wallet can be carried separately from the clear bag and will be subject to search.
What items are prohibited?
Backpacks and large bags, outside food and beverages (including empty bottles), and weapons of any kind are among the prohibited items. For a full list of specific prohibited items, see UVA facilities policies.
Do I have to put everything I’m carrying into the permissible bags?
No. Fans are limited only to the type of bags carried into the stadium, not items that they may normally bring to a game that fit in pockets or clutch bags/wallets (e.g., keys, makeup, feminine products, comb, phone, credit cards). Fans may carry a blanket or extra jacket over their arms, and binoculars and/or camera around their necks or in their hands without the case. Fans may also use the clear bag and clutch/wallet to carry these items and other permissible items. Every member of the family may carry in a permissible bag. Only prohibited items cannot be carried in clear bags into venues.
May fans carry lawn chairs, cameras, binoculars, smart phones or tablets separately from what they put in a clear bag?
Yes. A lawn chair, phone, binoculars or cameras (as long as they are not in a bag or a case) may be carried into the stadiums. Lawn chairs cannot have pockets, zippers and must not be in a carrying bag (the carrying bag will not be permitted to enter the facility).
What will happen if I show up with a prohibited bag?
Guests that arrive to Disharoon Park, Klöckner Stadium or Palmer Park entrances with prohibited bags will not be permitted to enter the venue. In these cases, prohibited bags will need to be returned to guests’ vehicles and/or residence. Guests can then return with an approved clear bag and gain entry into the venue.
What may fans substitute for diaper bags?
Diapers and other baby supplies can be carried in a clear bag. Each member of a family, including children, is allowed to carry one approved bag and a clutch/wallet that meets policy specifications into the stadium.
Can fans bring blankets and large jackets during cold weather?
Yes. Guests are welcome to carry blankets outside of a clear bag. Guests may bring extra coats and jackets into the athletics venues by tossing them over a shoulder or arm.
Are seat cushions allowed to be carried into the venue?
Only approved seat cushions and seatbacks may be carried into the venue. They cannot have pockets, zippers or be in their own carrying bag.
What happens if the metal detector used at the security checkpoint goes off?
When a metal detector wand is set off, guests will be asked to step aside for a brief secondary screening.
May I leave the facility and re-enter during the game?
Not without a separate game ticket.
Where do guests with accessibility needs enter?
Guests with accessibility needs can enter at an accessible entrance. Event staff will assist through the screening process.
I have a medical device and cannot go through a metal detector. Where can I enter?
Given the short duration of security screening, it is unlikely that your Medtronic heart device will be affected by metal detectors (walk-through archways and hand-held wands) or full-body imaging scanners (also called millimeter wave scanners and 3D imaging scanners) such as those found in airports, courthouses and jails. The metal case of your heart device could set off a metal detector. To minimize the risk of temporary interference with your heart device while going through the security screening process, avoid touching metal surfaces around any screening equipment. Do not stop or linger in a walk-through archway; simply walk through the archway at a normal pace. If a hand-held wand is used, ask the security operator not to hold it over your heart device and not to wave it back and forth over your heart device. You may also request a hand search as an alternative. If you have concerns about these security screening methods, show your device ID card, request alternative screening, and then follow the instructions of the security personnel.
Why is Virginia doing this? Has there been a problem?
Virginia is proactively adding these additional security measures as part of the University’s overall strategy to ensure a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff and the thousands of visitors who come to our campus every year.
Do other schools have the same entry procedure?
Enhanced screening processes are becoming the norm for both collegiate and professional sports organizations. Atlantic Coast Conference teams like Duke, Pittsburgh, Miami and Louisville currently use security checkpoints/metal detectors, and they are mandated for use at all MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL and NHL games.
Will this policy affect the ability of fans to tailgate? Are there limitations on tailgating items?
No. Fans will be able to enjoy tailgating activities in the parking lots and do so with greater safety and knowledge for entry into the stadium.
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