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08-27-2005, 11:35 PM
Updated: Aug. 25, 2005, 7:48 PM ET
NFL fans to be subject to pat-downsAssociated Press


NEW YORK -- Fans attending NFL games this season will be subject to pat-downs as part of enhanced security implemented by commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

Tagliabue emphasized in a letter to teams that there was no specific additional threat.

But he noted that some stadiums had done hand searches of fans for several years under the increased security in place since Sept. 11, 2001. The searches also have been used during playoff games and at the Super Bowls played since the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

Tagliabue said that owners decided at their meeting of Aug. 10 to extend it to all stadiums.

"This new requirement is not a result of any specific threat information," Tagliabue said. "It is in recognition of the significant additional security that pat-downs offer, as well as the favorable experience that our clubs and fans have had using pat-downs as part of a comprehensive stadium security plan."

The pat-downs will be phased in over the next few weeks, either at final exhibition games or at regular-season home openers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers already did it at their two home exhibition games this summer.