SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A bomb threat phoned in to the University of Texas at Austin campus Friday morning sent thousands of people streaming off campus as administrators wanted students and faculty to “get as far away as possible,” according to the Associated Press. No bombs had been found by mid-afternoon.
This bomb scare is trickling across the United States and right here in Utah as Brigham Young University and the University of Utah prepare for the rivalry game at Rice Eccles Stadium Saturday.
Campus police expect between 45,000 and 50,000 fans to pack the stadium, but University Police Chief Scott Folsom says his officers are prepared to keep things safe.
His main focus is traffic and of course ensuring fans act appropriately and follow the basic rules.
ABC 4 asked fans if they’re concerned. “No, I don’t think I’m really concerned. Our security people are really good here,” said Tiffany Sullivan.
“Is it going to stop me from going to a game or any large event? no,” said Jackson Owen. “I think that’s kind of risk you take when going to any large event,” he continued.
Folsom says there is no direct threat to the stadium or the campus. Standard security procedures remain in place; large bags and weapons of any kind are banned from the stadium during the game.
Fans can expect a larger number of police at the game to manage the crowds of people anxious to watch Utah clash with Brigham Young University.
ABC 4’s Noah Bond, “And the most important question-- Who is going to win the game tomorrow?” “Utah, we’re going to beat BYU,” replied Cara Owen.
The big game begins Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Gates open about two hours before the game. The big rush begins about 30 minutes before the game.