ATLANTA-- The Atlanta Police department told 11Alive news they'll have extra officers work this weekend to manager a crowd of 170,000 expected in the city for the SEC Championship game.
The APD reminds fans that selling tickets for any value, including face value, is prohibited on Georgia Dome, Congress Center, or Centennial Park property. They also say you should be mindful of parking only in permitted lots. Violators will have their vehicles towed and impounded if they ignore those "no parking" signs.
In its 21-year history, the SEC Championship has sold out. A collective 1.6 million fans have witnessed the game over the years. According to the official SEC website, Saturdays Auburn vs. Missouri game joins those ranks. But, ticket re-sellers still have plenty left. As of Thursday night, StubHub has more than 1,300 tickets available. Prices start at $203 a piece.
Jason Kirksey, spokesman for the Georgia Dome, tells 11Alive's Julie Wolfe the list of prohibited items are the same as any Dome event (backpacks, coolers, large bags, etc). But the 'clear bag policy' in effect for Falcons games will NOT be in effect for the SEC Championship game.
It's an NFL policy that went into effect this year as an extra safety precaution at all NFL games. After 11Alive News pointed out the confusion about the bag policy on social media, @GeorgiaDome tweeted:For those fans asking or wondering the NFL Clear Bag policy will not be enforced this weekend at #SECATL
Besides the SEC Championship, several other events will add to the traffic.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, Phillips Arena, Friday 7:30-11:00pm; Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm
SEC Fanfare, Georgia World Congress Center, Friday 2:00-8:00pm
2013 Jingle Bell Run/Walk, Turner Field, Saturday 7:30-10:30am
Atlanta Beltline Eastside 10K, Krog Street, Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm
SEC Championship game, Auburn Tigers vs. Missouri Tigers 2:00-7:30pm
Men's Basketball, Auburn Tigers vs. University of Illinois Fighting Illini, Phillips Arena 3:00-6:00pm