Boise State Among the First in the Nation to Have College Football Fans Walk Through Metal Detectors


With football season only a couple of weeks away, it's traditional to start getting press releases from Boise State on the progress of the team, the new coaching staff and the excitement building for another shot at glory.

But Tuesday afternoon, Boise State released a statement that was a chilling reminder that we have entered a new era at Bronco Stadium (which was recently dubbed Albertsons Stadium): prepare for a lot of extra security.

In the shadow of the new guns-on-campus law, which allows concealed weapons permit holders to pack heat on campus, fans will now pass through metal detectors, and any bags will be subject to search. 

While the new guns-on-campus law, passed earlier this year by the Idaho Legislature, allows people to carry weapons on campus, it does not allow them to bring them into sporting arenas such as Albertsons Stadium or Taco Bell Arena.

"These new measures strike (a) balance in a way that is working around the country," said Kevin Satterlee, vice president for campus operations and general counsel in Tuesday's announcement.

Boise State will be among the first universities in the nation to have walk-through metal detectors at its gates.

Meanwhile, fans are being strongly encouraged to leave bags at home or in the car, or to use a clear tote bag so that security can see its contents.