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Houston Rockets announce increased security measures affecting fans

The Houston Rockets last week announced increased security that will be implemented for the 2001-02 National Basketball Association season.

“There will be numerous additional security measures put in place in all NBA arenas consistent with the current conditions,” said George Postolos, Rocket’s Chief Operating Officer. “Some of the measures will be obvious to fans, and many others wil1 involve behind the scenes operations. However, we want fans to know ahead of tune of certain procedures that may affect them. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience our fans may experience and we suggest that they arrive at Compaq Center a little earlier than in the past in light of the new security measures.”

Among the measures that will be put in place:

•There will be an increased security presence both inside and outside Compaq Center.
•Briefcase-Size bags and pocketbooks will be allowed in Compaq Center, but will be inspected at all entrance gates.
•Large bags, coolers and large backpacks will not be allowed in Compaq Center.
•Once they have exited, fans will not be allowed to re-enter Compaq Center for any reason
•All vehicles without proper identification must be parked at least 100 feet from Compaq Center, in arena-controlled parking areas.
•All media end others with access to restricted areas will be required to produce a photo ID and all bags and equipment will be subject to inspection.