Metal detectors added to Kansas State Football experience this fall |

K-State fans attending this season’s first football game had to wait a little longer than usual to get through the gates on Saturday.

People moved steadily through metal detectors, putting their clear bags, binoculars and other pocket items in trays before walking into the Bill Snyder Family Stadium. At around 5:30 p.m., 40 minutes before kickoff, the lines reached out across the street and almost into the parking lot, blocking cars and, in at least two instances, making it difficult for emergency officials to get by.

K-State officials put the metal detectors in place to prohibit fans from bringing guns into the stadium. Under a state law passed in 2013 that took effect this summer, the university is required to implement “adequate security measures,” including metal detectors, to ban firearms from public facilities like Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Casey Scott, senior associate athletic director of operations, facilities and events at K-State, said the metal detectors cost the athletics department $400,000. That’s before paying 150 security personnel to operate them. Scott said he doesn’t know how much more money the department’s spending on staff but he suspects it’ll be several hundred thousand dollars by the end of the season.

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