Weekend security measures
2:50 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Rams fans can expect normal gameday experience on Sunday, despite Sept. 11 anniversary

Fans heading down to the Edward Jones Dome for the Rams home opener this weekend will see more police and security personnel around the stadium.

But Bob Calderon, the Dome's director of public safety, says fans won't have to do anything different.

"They will continue to go through the pat-down process and have the same gameday experience that they would have prior to this particular anniversary," Calderon said.

Calderon says the Missouri State Highway Patrol is assisting the St. Louis Police Department in patrolling the perimeter of the Dome. No commercial truck traffic will be allowed to exit Interstate 70 at Broadway, a measure that was also in place for the two preseason home games. Calderon says there will be other measures in place he could not discuss.

"The one thing that I would ask fans if is they could please arrive early to allow us plenty of time to pat folks down," Calderon said. "We don't really want large crowds gathered in a particular area."

The St. Louis Cardinals also have additional security measures in place for their Sunday afternoon game against Atlanta, but officials would not give details. The St. Louis police department is assigning a detail to downtown, but a spokeswoman says that's not uncommon if several large events are occurring at once.

The department is encouraging residents to attend some of the memorial events this weekend. The Cardinals will have a special pre-game ceremony with police and fire chiefs from the St. Louis region, and provided almost 5,000 complimentary tickets to emergency first responders.