CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 27: Bengels fans look on during the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 27, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)
The Bengals have announced that there will be revised security procedures this season at Paul Brown Stadium. The changes are being mandated by the NFL Best Practices for Stadium Security. The hope is that the new security system will be more convenient for fans and also provide a more secure stadium. Fans will no longer be "patted down" when entering the stadium. Also, gender-specific lines will no longer be necessary. In place of this, all fans will be screened with a magnetic wand that will detect any metal being brought into the stadium. I have to admit that when I first read this, I thought it said "magic wand". Anyway, the "wanding" will be conducted by Whelan Security personnel. The "wanding" process was partially implemented during games near the end of the 2011 season:
"We’re optimistic that as fans get accustomed to this procedure, it will result in less time in line and smaller crowds at the gate prior to kickoff," said Bob Bedinghaus, Bengals director of business development. "And as always, we encourage fans to give themselves a little extra time when planning their arrival."