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PSU beefs up security for Saturday's Blue and White game

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 17 2013 11:56:28 AM CDT

Penn State football stadium

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -

Fans who attend the annual Blue and White football game at Penn State this weekend will not be allowed to bring backpacks into the stadium.

Penn State is banning backpacks, bags and purses from Beaver Stadium for Saturday's annual Blue-White intrasquad football scrimmage.

The university said Tuesday it was ramping up security in the wake of the bombings Monday at the Boston Marathon.

Tougher security measures are expected at upcoming major sporting events around the country following the explosions in Boston that killed three people and injured more than 170.

Penn State says the same items banned from the stadium also won't be allowed in all other campus venues holding events this week.

Penn State is hosting the NCAA men's gymnastics championship Friday through Sunday.

The school says local and state police, as well as the FBI, will have a heavier staffing presence and higher visibility at all events.

The game Saturday will begin at noon.