Bobcat Stadium

Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman, pictured on Sept. 9, 2017.

DEAN HENDRICKSON, For 406mtsports.com

BOZEMAN — Fans attending this weekend’s Cat-Griz football game should plan extra time to enter Bobcat Stadium due to added security measures for the annual rivalry game.

Gates open at 10 a.m. on Saturday with kickoff at noon. Montana State University police advise fans to enter the stadium between 11 and 11:15 a.m. to ensure they get to their seats before kickoff. Arriving later may mean long lines, MSU Police Chief Frank Parrish said.

The added security is in response to recent tragic events in Las Vegas and elsewhere and is based on recommendations provided by the Department of Homeland Security, Parrish said.

“We take safety and security very seriously,” Parrish said. “We don’t want fans to be overwhelmed by security, but we do want to make sure they are safe on our campus.”

Parking on the MSU campus — including the parking garage — is free during the game, though tailgate lots require permits. The entrance to the parking garage is located off of Seventh Avenue just north of the stadium. A full campus parking map is online at www.montana.edu/parking/map.pdf.

Parrish said 11 law enforcement agencies, fire departments and ambulance services will be working together during the game, and he noted that local law enforcement agencies will be conducting extra patrols across the Gallatin Valley before, during and after the game to catch impaired drivers.

The MSU athletic department encourages all fans attending the game to review its fan guide at bit.ly/2017FanGuide to familiarize themselves with all policies — including prohibited items — in order to ensure quick and easy entry into Bobcat Stadium.

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