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In an attempt to improve safety at games, the NFL wants teams to give full pat-downs to all fans entering stadiums during the 2011 season.
USA Today reported that the league issued a memo to teams before the season requesting that pat-downs from the ankles up be administered to the 17 million fans who are expected to attend games this season. Previously, pat-downs from the waist up were suggested.
An NFL spokesman told the newspaper that fans should expect longer waits to enter the stadiums but asked for patience for both the delays and the more-invasive process.
I’m sure if these measures would really enhance fan security that nobody would have a problem with waiting a few extra minutes to get into the stadium. I just can help but think that this is an attempt to “show” the NFL’s concern with “fan security” as well as just general safety.
I dont know how this extra time wasting pat down will accomplish that As it is someone snuck a taser into the New York Jets vs. Dallas Cowboys game last week. You can pretty much get in with anything you want as long as you are not carrying it out in the open.
In fact at the game last Sunday, I saw security harassing a guy about trying to bring a CD player into the stadium (Yes, I thought he was an idiot for not leaving it in the car and even stranger that he didnt have headphones for it… Hmmmm)
My point is that this will make waits to get in the stadium that much longer. As it is it took about 45 minutes to get in the Jet game(82,000 fans will now take longer it get into the game).
Isnt the NFL supposed to be making the fans experience better? I dont see it. Guess more people will be missing kickoff!