- Associated Press - Sunday, September 7, 2014

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Fans entering Albertsons Stadium for Saturday’s Boise State game faced long lines as the university used metal detectors for the first time.

The Idaho Statesman reports (https://bit.ly/ZdCnYH ) that many fans felt the extra security measures were irksome, but that nearly all fans were in their seats by the kick-off.

Boise State beat Colorado State 37-24 in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams on Saturday.

The university implemented the new security system in part because the Idaho Legislature passed a law that allows concealed weapons on campus but not in large venues.

Greg Hahn, spokesman for BSU, said the university was moving toward tightened security even before the new gun law.

“The Boston Marathon changed things,” Hahn said, referring to the 2013 bombing.

Fans had to pass through metal detectors for the first time and their bags were searched, which wasn’t a new tactic.

The student entrance had a 100-yard line when the gates opened at 6:45 p.m. That line quickly disappeared and did not form again until about 7:30 p.m. All of the entrances were backed up at 8 p.m. but were mostly clear by kickoff, which came about 8:25.

On social media, some fans said they were waved through nonfunctioning detectors as kickoff approached.

“Not all of the detectors were on as a part of the rollout,” Hahn said.

Boise resident Rachael Fullinwider derided lawmakers for creating problems on campus by passing the gun law. She also criticized university officials for not giving ticketholders access to the clear bags that prevent a bag search.

“I didn’t like the way they rolled this out,” Fullinwider said.

Jerry Barber, who was tailgating outside of the East gate said he has been coming to Boise State games since 1964.

“It’s just another inconvenience,” he said. “The only thing that’s constant is change.”

BSU had 50 walk-through detectors and 75 hand wands at the game. It increased the number of security officers from 50 to 150. Officials said there were no incidents.

“It’s actually been fairly smooth,” said Kayla Baker, a security staffer who was working the student entrance.

Mark Young, a season ticket holder since 1972, waited patiently outside the East gate.

“It was really hard when they started at the airports,” Young said. “Everybody figures it out.”


Information from: Idaho Statesman, https://www.idahostatesman.com

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