Penn Relays: No Backpacks For Fans

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Athletes and coaches will still be allowed to bring bags into the stadium.

Officials at the Penn Relays have revised their security plans for next week’s event based on what took place at the Boston Marathon this week.

The two bombs that detonated near the finish line in Boston were reportedly hidden in backpacks. Spectators at the April 25-27 Penn Relays in Philadelphia, therefore, will not be allowed to bring backpacks and other large bags such as gym bags and duffel bags into the stadium.

Athletes and coaches can still bring backpacks into the event, held at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Security is always a high priority at the Penn Relays,” event organizers said in a statement. “It is something we take seriously, and given the situation in Boston, additional security measures will be undertaken during this year’s games. We are not, however, going to discuss the specific details around security activities.”

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