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The item wrapped in foil must be a sub
There was a multi-story parking lot at Yankee Stadium whose outer edge was a little less than 50 feet from the Stadium. After 9/11, they banned everyone from parking along that side due to car bomb security concerns. After a couple of seasons of losing (81 games + playoff games) x (250-ish spots x whatever $$ they were charging per spot), somebody decided that those treacherously close parking spaces were feeling surprisingly secure again.
I saw this thread this morning and thought the whole thing was utterly stupid. Then I went to an LA Kings game tonight where I had to go through a metal detector to enter. (The walk-through kind, not a wand.) The whole thing took about 5 seconds and wasn't really an inconvenience at all other than having to empty my pockets. Security theater points aside, based on my experience tonight this is not going to cause much of a hardship for anyone.
I wouldn't mind if I thought this crap actually kept us safer but it doesn't. Right now they "check" my bag every time I go to a game, the "check" involves them opening it, peering inside quickly (they can't see the bottom) then letting me through. The item wrapped in foil must be a sub, it couldn't be a gun and of course my clipboard is for my scorebook, not for a knife. It's not like people smuggling this stuff into ballparks is epidemic, all this is going to do is make the experience so much more inconvenient.
What will this do to Don Zimmer regarding the metal screws in his head?
I am a University of Pittsburgh football and basketball season ticket holder. At the football games they follow the NFL policy of "wanding" everyone
We're not sure whether or not it makes us safer; you really don't know that until there is a failure. I would certainly feel safer having bomb-sniffing dogs at events (and the airports) than some of the people hired for security, but the economics are likely cost-prohibitive.
I experienced the metal detectors at my first game recently at the Barclays Center. I was taking 3 kids to a college game and told them any time you hear someone say, "you can't let the terrorists win!" just remember that they already have - it's just a matter of degree and an unfortunate fact of life.
something like 75 million people went into a ballpark last year without a metal detector and no bombs went off and no guns got fired. Could it happen? Hell, I'd say it WILL happen someday but I don't think this is going to change that. As someone noted setting off the bomb in the middle of the line is going to kill just as many people as setting it off in section 15.
No one wants to be the guy that said, "Nah, it'll never happen".
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