Waco prepares for Baylor football season - KXXV Central Texas News Now

Waco prepares for Baylor football season

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

Both Baylor and Waco police spent weeks prepping for game day to make sure fans stay safe. And even though they prepare every football season, some things still go wrong.

"A couple of issues we had last year is people wanted to come up at the end of the game and pull up and pick up kids or pick up family," Waco Police Sergeant Patrick Swanton said. "You can't do it because everyone is trying to get out."

Baylor alumni Kevin Stevenson has season tickets and traveled from Dallas to see the Bears play on the gridiron.

"We have a tradition where we come down," Stevenson said. "We will have lunch somewhere if it's an afternoon game and then we try to set up around three or four hours in advance."

Martin Luther King Blvd. and University Parks Blvd. was shut down before and during the game.

Swanton said he wanted fans to definitely have fun and bring their green and gold but don't forget to have patience.

"Understand that we have a sold out game and that many people wanting to come to a venue at one time," Swanton said. "That there's a lot of traffic. We will get you there. We will get you in. We will get you out in Time."

He said the new metal detectors are an efficient way to keep security tight but wanted fans to help them out too.

"Leave the big bags, leave the backpacks just carry the bear necessities inside you'll get in through those a lot quicker."

TxDot officials said they opened up most of the exits along I-35 in Waco because construction was done just in time for football season. 

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