Security theater chaos in NY forces Yankees fans to miss seeing team get eliminated from postseason

Last night on the sports security theater front, this happened at the Yankees‘ wild-card playoff game:

The Yankees blamed it on a “medical emergency” closing one entrance gate, but everyone knows that wouldn’t have been nearly so bad a problem if not for the mandatory walkthrough metal detectors the Yankees installed this season. (Or mandatory for anyone who doesn’t want to take advantage of the Yankees’ ridiculous line-cutting workaround, anyway.) There is zero evidence that metal detectors make anyone safer at sporting events, but they make fans feel safer, and that’s what’s important, right?

A fan named John from Astoria said the lines have been a problem all season.

“This is ridiculous,” he said. “All MLB has done is create a bunch of bottlenecks that are a target for somebody now. There’s 40,000 people waiting to get into a stadium instead of inside a stadium.

“My first memory of Yankee Stadium is walking into this pristine cathedral. My son’s first memory is going to be walking and getting patted down by security.”

Aw, crap, they’re onto us. In a sane world, everyone would now just scrap the metal detectors and admit they were a terrible idea in the first place, but as recent events have made ever more clear, we’re a long way from sanity about threats of public violence.


9 comments on “Security theater chaos in NY forces Yankees fans to miss seeing team get eliminated from postseason

  1. Well, at least it’s just a metal detector and you don’t have to remove your shoes and go through a body scan (for now anyway).

    I showed up 10 minutes before a SFGiants game a couple years back and by the time I’d cleared security I had missed the first inning. I decided it just wasn’t worth it any longer.

  2. I used to go to 25 to 30 games a year, usually my vacation was spent exploring the various MLB parks (hit 29 of 30 & I’ll be damned if that DB Loria will ever get a penny from me) but I decided with the crap of the “safety features” they were putting in, the price & fees to buy tickets – coming 3000 miles from home I want to have my ticket – this year I almost made it without attending 1 MLB game…almost. The false sense of security from minimum wage people snooping through your belongings is a joke & I’ve decided my TV gives me a better view of the game.

  3. SCJ/Fred: Exactly.

    Just what do you have to do to fans to make them stay away from a baseball game anyway?

    MLB is not alone in treating it’s fans like a resource to be completely exploited. One of the reasons Toronto Maple Leaf fans tend to be so quiet in the ACC is that they grew up watching in Maple Leaf Gardens… where former owner Harold Ballard “expanded” the facility by taking out the 17″ wide seats and fitting 14 & 15″ wide seats in their place during the 1970s/80s…

    So a generation of TML fans grew up learning to synchronize their breathing… odd # seats breathe in, even # seats breathe out. Reverse. Repeat.

    I am reminded of the Far Side cartoon where the Devil is talking to his assistant about a condemned soul who is whistling as he wheels a barrow full of something toward the raging inferno in front of them…

    The caption reads “you know, we’re just not reaching that guy…”

  4. Wow, look like a lot of fun standing in line. It gets even better once you get inside. MLB gets to rip you off on food, beer, et al.,………For some reason, I have more fun at home or at a nice sports bar. I don’t get ripped off, I have access to quality food, beer and cigars….Oh, almost forgot…..I don’t have to deal with the “fun” of getting to the game…Enjoy suckers!!!!

  5. The Mets use handheld wands that take about five seconds, and I always bring in my own food to avoid paying the stadium prices. I’m not actually sure why the Yankees decided to go with all walkthrough detectors, except that they’re the Yankees and have a long tradition of treating their fans like crap. (Don’t even get me started about their old “clear plastic bag” policy.)

  6. Maybe it’s just me, and I’m not trying to be a jerk, but me thinks that especially considering recent terrorism, the Boston Marathon bombings included, that in a way, these bottlenecks are actually making people less safe. While they’re too busy trying to keep objects out, someone can just leave a couple of homemade explosive artifacts outside. And the crowds are so massive and static, that, knock on wood, something does happen, even the Boys in Blue will be powerless.

  7. Its not just you. If you click through on the “zero evidence” link above:

    “Enders says that the main effect of tighter security at stadium entrances will likely be to drive any hypothetical attackers—and let’s remember that no actual terrorists have actually attacked sports venues in America outside of that time Bruce Dern tried it—to set off bombs outside stadiums instead, which would not be a happy outcome: ‘You’re trying to get in the door, there’s 20,000 people standing around outside. I could do a lot of damage there, just as easily as I could if I brought the thing inside. Maybe even more.\'”

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