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New security measures at BC Place lead to long lines

Last Updated Apr 6, 2019 at 3:28 pm PDT

A picture posted to social media shows the long line to get into the Whitecaps game on April 5, 2019. BC Place introduced new security screening that day. (Source: Twitter/@BemusedGnome)
Summary

BC Place used hand-held metal detectors for the first time Friday

From now on, event entry will include a search using hand-held metal detectors

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Security measures at Friday night’s Whitecaps game had fans crying foul.

BC Place used hand-held metal detectors for the first time Friday and it made getting into the stadium a slow process. Pictures and video posted to Twitter show hundreds of people waiting in long lines that stretched around the stadium, and some people complained about not getting in until after the game had started.

The stadium had announced the new security screenings earlier the same day, saying from now on, event entry will include a search using hand-held metal detectors. If you refuse the screening, you won’t be allowed in.

BC Place did warn fans before the game that it would be using the detectors, and urged them to arrive early.

Since last night’s game, BC Place has apologized for the delays, writing on Twitter: “We apologize for any inconvenience and are working to refine our entry processes for future events.”

The Whitecaps also took to Twitter to apologize for the waits.

To make sure you get in quickly in future, you’re asked to bring in as few things with you as possible, arrive with time to spare before the event starts, and remove metal objects from your pockets.

You aren’t allowed to bring in bags larger than 14″ x 14″ x 6″, though exceptions may be made for guests with special needs or parents attending with infants.

All bags will be inspected before guests are allowed in, and if metal is detected on you, you’ll have to undergo secondary screening.