Razorback Athletics Adds Metal Detectors to Improve Stadium Safety

UA officials are adding walk-through metal detectors to all gates of Bud Walton Arena in an effort to enhance gameday security beginning Tuesday, Nov. 5, for the first men’s basketball game of the season and Monday, Nov. 11, for women’s basketball games. 

There will be metal detectors located at each fan entrance of Bud Walton Arena. For fans who enter on the south side of the arena, the screenings will be inside. For fans who enter on the north, east and west sides of the arena, the screenings will be outside. Fans must pass through the metal detectors before they can scan their tickets. 

For some long-time fans, the new policy does not seem to offer a significant benefit.

Forty-year season ticket holder Ralph Burns thinks the metal detectors are an overreaction, he said.

“I think it’s overdoing it,” Burns said. “I don’t think there’s been any events that have occurred that would justify putting in metal detectors. I think it’s going to slow down the entrance into the arena.”

Hunter Yurachek, vice chancellor and director of athletics, said that the inclusion of metal detectors at basketball games will hopefully continue and ensure a safer environment in Bud Walton.

“As we enhance our security measures at our venues, we have also made efforts to expedite entry and minimize the inconvenience for our guests,” Yurachek said.

Yurachek also said that fans will be able to keep items including cell phones, keys and wallets in their pockets during the screening process.

The clear bag policy for event entrance still remains in effect, and each bag will be inspected at the metal detector entrances. 

Gates will continue to be open 90 minutes prior to the men’s basketball game and 60 minutes prior to women’s basketball games, though fans are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes earlier than usual to get to their seats in time for tipoff. 

University officials also said that metal detectors will be used at baseball games in the spring and football games for the 2020 season.

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