With new security procedures, Raiders suggest fans show up two hours early

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Getting into a football game may soon take longer than getting onto a plane.

The NFL has instituted the use of hand-held metal detectors at all stadiums, starting with last Friday’s game between the Eagles and Browns.  According to NBCBayArea.com, the Raiders are suggesting that fans show up two hours early.

Two hours.

Of course, folks who show up early and who get in early will be able to pay way too much for food and beverages well before the game starts.  So they have that going for them.  Which is nice.

We support efforts to keep stadiums safe.  But there has to be a way that doesn’t require folks to show up two hours early — and that doesn’t result in fans who don’t show up two hours early standing in lines for too long and missing part of the game.

If the NFL wants folks to choose coming to the stadium over staying home, that needs to be fixed.

45 responses to “With new security procedures, Raiders suggest fans show up two hours early

  1. Season ticket holder for 11 years (not of the raiders) and if I have to go to any game 2 hours early I’m done.

  2. Yeah, I think I’ll just stay home. Hell, I can’t afford to go to the games anymore anyway…… even if they DO get wifi for every fan. It is a shame, used to go to about 4 games a year.

  3. I’m a Chargers season ticket holder and we had the hand-held metal detectors since our first preseason game. Didn’t have to show up 2 hours earlier either.

    Notice how this says “RAIDERS suggest fans show up 2 hours early”. Some of those ridiculous costumes they wear are probably all metal and require a longer check.

  4. Are they TRYING to make people stay home?
    It’s already something of an ordeal going to games..
    Hmmm…. It didn’t used to be. Maybe I just got old….

  5. Showing up 2 hours early is nothing in the Black Hole. There are lines of people lined up outside the gates…THE NIGHT BEFORE the game. Side streets are jam packed at 6AM for 1PM kickoff. The problem is going to be getting everyone to put down their drinks of choice and close up the tailgates early enough to not miss kickoff.

    RAIDER NATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. I don’t show up two hours early for my flights either. I just make sure to show up at a time that should be after the initial “rush” and usually breeze right through. I’m sure I could hit the gate 20 minutes before the game and, thanks to the responsible people who waited in line for 2 hours to get to their seat in a timely manner, make it to my seat after missing a few snaps or less to start the game!

  7. Why wouldn’t you be at the game 2 hours early, especially if you’re tailgating? I can’t remember going to game where I haven’t been there at least 3 hours before kick off.

    No wonder this country is going soft. Now, we have so called “fans” showing up a few minutes before the game starts and probably leaving with 10 minutes left in the 4th to avoid traffic, no matter what the score.

    Oh, by the way, I have The Ticket with a 50 inch HDTV, and the live game experience still beats TV. You have to be a real fan to realize that, though.

  8. I just saw a program called “gang wars” .. in Oakland and how nut jobs out there fight for turf like it’s the German Army trying to keep out the allies!! GET IT TOGETHER BAY AREA!

  9. Both Bucs preseason games everyone was wanded. Took 2 minutes longer with the extra personnel they had there. No big deal–may e raiders should by more than 1 wand

  10. Yeah you better get there 2 hours early so you don’t miss the 1st quarter. Palmer will already have thrown 2 pick sixes by the end of the first.

  11. How’d you like to be the one looking over the armor and mock weaponry of all the Raiders fans to try and figure out if any of it could possibly be real?

  12. Axl Rose is a dbag….. To say you arent a real fan if you think TV is better than going to the game is the second dumbest thing ive read in these comments. Sunday ticket is 250$, ive seen PRESEASON tickets going for $500+. I can pause, rewind etc., bathroom is close, beer, and food is cheap, couch is more comfortable, and most importantly I can smoke all the reefer I want. I could keep going but you get it… Dont get me wrong, going to a game is a great experience. To say I’m not a real fan because I would rather stay home is stupid.

  13. @raiderrob21

    Uh dude, is that why the Raiders have some of the worst attendance numbers in the whole freakin’ league? A couple of years there where they couldn’t even get above 75% attendance. That’s pathetic. Black Out Central! Of course who would want to see a game in that joke of a stadium.

    Metal detectors might have a lot more to do with Oakland being one of the most crime ridden cities in the US.

  14. tell ppl to get there 2 hours early, they end up getting there an hour early. same concept i use with my gf whenever she has to get ready to go somewhere

  15. jm91rs says:
    Aug 27, 2012 9:28 PM
    Yeah you better get there 2 hours early so you don’t miss the 1st quarter. Palmer will already have thrown 2 pick sixes by the end of the first.

    Come to a raider game and say that punk

  16. I dont want to smell that Raider stench for more than two hours prior to game anyway. Hopefully, they will check for guns for all the trash that sit in the Black Hole. Please take off the Halloween costumes you fools! It’s not cool… people are laughing at you idiots!

    Stomper

  17. I remember a few years back going to a Saints game in NO. They were playing the Raiders. I will never forget what a group of trash was there representing “raider nation”. Probably the worst game I ever went to. I wouldn’t go to a Raiders game if it were free.

  18. Sir your going to have to take off your metal spiked shoulder pads…..ok I need you to remove the pinhead mask so we can make sure you don’t have a……mam can you please remove your metal spike shorts so we can wand you….. Maybe that’s why fans need to be there so early? I’m just saying

  19. @emil4423 Give me a break. Why is it Raiders fans are the only ones that always make that remark? Oooh come say that at a Raiders game. I have been a police officer in Oakland, and Los Angeles. Oakland is no tougher than Hollywood I really hate to break it to ya.

  20. Less the 5% of fans at raider games come dressed in those outfits. The media loves to sell that and so its what they show. The other 95% have there favorite players jersey and the regular northern Cali fit on. Jeans, sneakers maybe a white tee. I have seen a few fights in the 70 plus games I have gone to and 99.9% of them where fueled by a couple knuckle heads just like at every other venue. For a bunch of posters who routinely whine about how the media heads of this website report there storys alot of you sure believe the hype.

  21. I’ve got to show up an hour early to the local Raiders bar to get a seat. I’ll gladly show up a few hours early to the Black Hole. It’s more a tradition thing. First one there…. last one to leave…. and proud of it.

  22. We don’t come 2 hours early in Detroit and we all get wanded. This has been made a much bigger deal than necessary, and anyone declining to be wanded needs to take their fat ass back home to the tv set.

  23. Man I love the response anytime you put the “Raiders” in any article! Yeah, yeah heard all B4 we’re this and that…our fans are so legendary we get there that earlier just to tailgate then go into the game! Legendary fans baby, you ppick the reason, “Just win baby”!

    -Raider Nation

  24. I’m a Chargers season ticket holder and we had the hand-held metal detectors since our first preseason game. Didn’t have to show up 2 hours earlier either.

    Notice how this says “RAIDERS suggest fans show up 2 hours early”. Some of those ridiculous costumes they wear are probably all metal and require a longer check
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    Like u said your a chargers fan of course it doesn’t take you any longer to get in to the stadium there’s only about a thousand of you weak a** fans goin to games

  25. When the Bengals announced the new wanding security procedure they claimed that it would speed up the process, not slow it down. Personally it doesn’t seem to do much at all. Having to submit to a security screening at all is what is causing delays.

  26. “But there has to be a way that doesn’t require folks to show up two hours early — and that doesn’t result in fans who don’t show up two hours early standing in lines for too long and missing part of the game.”

    Yeah, ban raider fans. Problem solved. Hey, maybe that way, stadiums can sell beer in the 3rd quarter like they used to, before raider fans ruined that too.

  27. I wish they would check IDs and arrest warrants at the entry gate. Then, cross check those people against the welfare rolls and cut them off the list…….

    All while they flash gang signs at me and tell me how tough they are…..HOLMES….

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