New Security Measures Announced For War Memorial Stadium

Aug 28, 2018

The crowd at War Memorial Stadium ruses for the exits after some believed they had heard gunfire.
Credit Bobby Ampazzan / Arkansas Public Media

Arkansas officials say they're implementing new security measures at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. That's after thousands of attendees fled the stands during a high school football game because of false rumors about a gun threat.

The Department of Parks and Tourism said Tuesday it's instituting a clear bag policy for all athletic events, will use a security wand on all patrons entering the facility and is prohibiting loitering in the concourse. The department says it will continue to evaluate security measures and enhance them as necessary.

Attendees of the Salt Bowl, a high school rivalry game, fled the stands Saturday after a fight led to rumors of gunfire. Police have said there was no gunfire and that people likely heard falling metal barricades or a stun gun.