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Polk increases security for rival high school football game

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LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) -

When cross town rivals Lakeland High School and Kathleen High School take the field for the district championship tomorrow night there will be a lot more police officers than fans are accustomed to seeing.

Lakeland Police and Polk School District officials say they are beefing up security at the game where 8,000 spectators are expected.

"With it being a cross town rivalry, district implications, district title implications and some of the recent uptick in gun violence and youth violence we want to make sure the event is safe for everybody," explained Lakeland Police Lieutenant Hans Lehman.

Police say spectators should plan to arrive early. The gates at Bryant Stadium will open at 5pm. The game itself starts at 7pm.

There will be no re-entry once you leave the stadium, and law enforcement says all fans are subject to searches.

Backpacks and coolers will not be allowed in the stadium, and officers say alcohol, tobacco products and weapons are also not permitted.

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