Penn State Homecoming Security

By Ben Manning |

Published 10/12 2013 07:11PM

Updated 10/12 2013 11:48PM

UNIVERSITY PARK, CENTRE COUNTY - Tailgaters say there are more police officers patrolling before Penn State games, and some of them like it that way.

Security was tight Saturday at the Penn State Homecoming game. Officials say it's similar to what they've been doing all year. But tailgaters are noticing a bigger police presence.

Fans packed the tailgating lots early for Penn State’s Homecoming game.  And police officers from several agencies showed up early too.

Officers were stationed at spots around Beaver Stadium, others patrolled the area on foot and riding bikes, and there were also state troopers on horse back.

To see more of the tailgating scene officers with binoculars were stationed on top of beaver stadium and a state police helicopter was circling the area.

Most tailgaters agree there are more police patrolling than in years past. Some felt like it was intimidating and unwelcome. But some like it, one woman said that the police were there to protect them in case something bad happened, and she was glad they were there.

Once it was time to go in the game fans couldn't bring purses or backpacks with them. They could only bring in clear plastic bags, and those were searched at the gate.

But whether they like it or not, fans are dealing with it.

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