Fans weigh in on new metal detectors at Kansas stadiums

Posted at 7:25 PM, Sep 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-02 20:25:29-04

LAWRENCE, Kansas - 

College football is back and fans going to KU and Kansas State games will see a new addition to both stadiums.

"I am excited. We have good prospects ahead," said Brandon Rector.

Football Saturdays have its own soundtrack: the sound of music, food on the grill and now metal detectors.

"I think it is long overdue. I feel great going into the stadium," said Jackie Rector.

Starting this season, every home game will include metal detectors.

This comes after the legislature made it legal to carry guns on college campuses.

Lawmakers in support of the law believe someone with a gun could stop an active shooter or violent situation.

Fans 41 Action News spoke with think it's a good idea to have detectors.

"If that is what it takes, that is what it takes. I just carry binoculars and head phones, so I am good to go," said John Flax.

When the law change was announced, the university did say metal detectors would be added to football and basketball games.

KU says it’ll cost about one million dollars that will come out of the athletic department budget.

"I’ve never been afraid to go into the stadium, but these are crazy times. So this is a great plan to have," said Rector.

With safety in the back of their minds, fans say they are hoping for the team to get better and enjoy Saturdays with friends and family.

"I am excited to see us get better and to do it in a manner that is the right way."