Shreveport Classic is here

Friday, October 22, 2010 - 4:21pm

Fall, food, fun, football, and the Fair…..who could ask for more?? Shreveport-Bossier and the Shreveport Police Department are gearing up to provide a safe environment for residents and guests alike as they gather to watch the Prairie View A&M University Panthers and the Southern University Jaguars square off in the 2010 Shreveport Classic.

As part of our on-going commitment to make game day as safe and enjoyable as possible for all, the Shreveport Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind patrons of some pertinent information regarding the big game.

Due to the large crowds and limited parking space, we are urging fans to use the shuttle service that will run to and from the Shreveport Convention Center. Chartered motorcoaches will pick up fans heading to the stadium from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. and make return trips back to the Convention Center from 5:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. Total cost of this round-trip shuttle service is only $5, payable on arrival at the Shreveport Convention Center when boarding the main shuttles to the Stadium. The return trip is free. Signs will be posted and persons will be available to assist fans using the shuttle service. If you don’t opt to use the convenient shuttles, parking will cost $5 at the State Fairgrounds.

For visitors traveling into Shreveport via Interstate 20, there are three exits that will get you to Independence Stadium: Greenwood Road, Hearne Avenue and Jewella Avenue. After the game, traffic will be diverted north at the intersection of Greenwood Road and Missouri Avenue and west on Greenwood Road at its intersection with Hearne Avenue.

The Shreveport Police Department wants to make everyone aware of the City of Shreveport’s smoking regulations. Current laws prohibit smoking inside Independence Stadium but anyone who wishes to smoke will be allowed to exit the stadium. Fans will be directed to gate personnel who will hole punch their ticket and stamp their hand. The punched ticket stub and that hand stamp will be required for re-entry into the stadium. Again, smoking is prohibited inside the stadium and within 25 feet of any gate. This will be enforced by officers working the game.

Here are some other rules that will be enforced to ensure that the Shreveport Classic will be safe for all fans:

No outside food or drink will be allowed in the stadium.

No ice chests will be allowed in the stadium.

No umbrellas will be allowed in the stadium.

No oversized bags will be allowed in the stadium (bags must fit in a 12”x 12” box).

No backpacks will be allowed in the stadium.

No mace/pepper spray will be allowed in the stadium.

No Tasers or stun guns will be allowed in the stadium.

No pocket tools will be allowed in the stadium.

No straight blades will be allowed in the stadium.

No fireworks will be allowed in the stadium.

No video cameras will be allowed in the stadium.

No knives will be allowed in the stadium.

No weapons will be allowed in the stadium.

The Shreveport Police Department will have uniformed officers working both inside and outside the stadium and we are looking forward to an exciting and safe Shreveport Classic. Please visit the Shreveport Classic’s web site at www.shreveportclassic.com for additional information.

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