New security measure will close I-70 exit ramp hours before Rams kickoff

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by Diana Zoga / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 7 at 7:37 AM

(KMOV) – Fans that take the Broadway exit off of Interstate 70 into downtown St. Louis for Rams games will have to find another route.

The Broadway exit, which runs next to the Edward Jones Dome, will be shut down two and a half hours before kick-off.  The ramp won’t re-open until an hour after home games end, according to Marty Brooks, Sr. Vice President and General Manager of America’s Center Complex.

“One of the criticisms the league had brought to our and the Rams attention was that with Broadway being open, [it] creates vehicular traffic very close in proximity to our front door,” said Brooks.

This is one of security changes fans will notice when the new football season begins. 

The NFL is implementing new security rules at all stadiums, nationwide.  Fans are encouraged to leave all bags, purses, backpacks at home.  Only clear bags, no larger than 12” x 6” x 12” will be allowed in.  Even diaper bags have to be clear.  Small clutches or wallets the size of your palm are permitted, but will still have to undergo screening. 

Binoculars and cameras are allowed, but the cases cannot be brought into the Edward Jones Dome.  The NFL will permit one-gallon size freezer bag into stadiums.

This upcoming football season, Rams fans will also notice a second security perimeter that will be set up 25 to 30 yards from the entry gates.  Approximately 16 security staff will be standing on platforms to identify anyone attempting to bring a bag near the dome. 

Fans who are caught carrying restricted bags will be asked to either return the bags to their cars or check the bags into lockers - provided on site.

When asked whether the Boston Marathon bombings were the reason for the new security measures, Brooks said no.

 “The no bag policy is something the league had discussed for at least a year.  Whether or not the Boston Marathon tragedy was a factor… it certainly crystallized that they were making the right decision to implement it, but the two are really unrelated,” said Brooks.

The first home, preseason game is on August 17 at 7 p.m.  That means the Broadway exit ramp off of I-70 will be shut down at 4:30 p.m.

Fans will have to think about another route to the Edward Jones Dome.  The 10th Street exit off of I-70 has been closed to make way for a new Tucker Boulevard interchange.  That project won’t be complete until mid to late September of 2013, according to MoDOT spokesman Drew Gates. 

Click here to find out more on the new NFL security measures.

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