OAKLAND (KCBS) – Stepped up security for Oakland Raiders fans meant a walk through one of 132 new airport-like metal detectors before entering the stadium for Monday’s home opener.
The security lines for the Monday Night Football game were long, but most fans understood.
“The Raider fans get a bad rap but we’re just a family here having a good time,” said one fan. “But the guys with knives, guns and weapons, there’s no place for them here.”
KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:
Beginning this season, the National Football League is requiring that all NFL facilities have a metal detection system in place at all stadium entry gates. The Raiders sent out a notice prior to the start of the regular season, suggesting that fans arrive early to allow for the extra time it will take to get into the stadium.
O.co Coliseum management tested metal wands but found that it took an average of 27 seconds for each fan to be cleared.
Multiply that by more than 60,000 fans and the walk through detectors were ordered.
Raiders management has suggested fans arrive two hours before kickoff to allow ample time for the new security procedures.
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