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New Patriot Center Security Policy

Discussion in 'George Mason Basketball' started by Scythe, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. Scythe

    Scythe Administrator Staff Member

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    Just received an email with the new security policy:
    Interesting. My favorite banned items: bottles/containers, flags, artificial noise makers, and signs. Looks like I shouldn't bring a diaper bag to a game for the kiddo...
  2. GSII

    GSII Hall of Famer

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    No signs. I wonder if they will really enforce this during games.
  3. MasonFanatic

    MasonFanatic All-Conference

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    Hopefully they only mean signs that could be used as a weapon or hurt someone (e.g. signs made of metal or wood or signs that have poles). It would be a huge mistake to ban lightweight posters or paper signs, and I utterly fail to see how those pose a security threat. Then again, this is the Patriot Center we're talking about, so maybe I shouldn't try to apply common sense. I almost got ejected from Mason Madness a few years back for the dastardly crime of standing up to cheer.
  4. mkaufman1

    mkaufman1 Moderator Staff Member

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    I worked at the Patriot Center during my time at Mason, and these rules aren't really new. It also merely depends on the event as well. For Disney on Ice, they generally are ok with small bags of cheerios, etc, for kids and I'm sure diaper bags will be fine (they were always searched). The big thing is avoiding the family coming in with the Mcdonalds dinner.

    In regards to signs, I'm not sure why they'd ban all signs, but that might pose a problem for games and things in general. I suspect that will be "flexible" too, as long as that sign is in good taste (no signs that say "F VCU").

    Honestly, its not much to worry about IMO unless they were ordered to get very strict by some external entity, but even then, I just can't see that. They were always more strict when the crowd attending warranted such.
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  5. expendable smurf

    expendable smurf Four-star Recruit

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    I guess I'll no longer be able to bring coffee to the early Saturday games.
  6. The Great PATSby

    The Great PATSby Starter

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    Any size pole or stick (medical aids such as canes/crutches permitted)

    Looks like Dr. Nix and Father Peter are gonna get their pimp canes taken away.
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  7. Patriotsince81

    Patriotsince81 All-American

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    So my "cyclops" poster about the officials probably won't get in. Disappointing.
  8. Pikapppatri8

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    Damn, so I can't bring in my flask or my gat anymore. So no whiteboards? Will they confiscate my smartphone?
  9. expendable smurf

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    Well, they're only finding a flask if they actually frisk people, so probably no worries there Pikapp.
  10. Yossarian

    Yossarian Specialist

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    I used to rely on pre-mixed rum and coke in a plastic coke bottle. Flasks can be messy and obvious. Of course, the scent of rum filling the air each time I twist off the top is pretty obvious to my immediate neighbors, but that's another story. Good thing basketball is a winter sport. Heavy coats have lots of hiding spots. Ah, to be young and stupid again...
  11. EXpatriot13

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    Damn, they used to be so lenient that we'd stuff our pockets with cans of Natty Light (you know, that high quality water) before heading into the Pat Dome.

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