New Policy Will Change Security at Kansas State Games

Kansas State’s season opening football game is just 18 Saturdays away. Fans will see another change as they attend games this season.

Kansas State football fans are used to the clear bag policy at games.

This week, the Kansas Board of Regents voted to approve a request by Kansas State to dramatically increase security at games.

This summer, Kansas State and all other universities across the state must allow concealed handguns on campus.

In light of this, Kansas State and the two other largest universities in the state needed an exception for larger sporting events.

Jan 6, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Metal detectors are visible at a security checkpoint outside the entrance of University of Phoenix Stadium leading up to the College Football National Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Clemson Tigers. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

During their April 19 meeting, the Board of Regents voted to allow Kansas State to prohibit guns at larger Wildcat sporting events.

Wildcat fans will now see an increase in temporary security at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and Bramlage Coliseum for all events that require tickets.

This may include guards, staff using wands to find guns, metal detectors and other resources to help keep guns out of the event.

In February of 2016, Kansas State announced a “Clear Bag Policy” in an effort to improve safety.

As a matter of fact, season ticket holders get a bag with their order.

In March of 2017, the Southeastern Conference announced a new “Clear Bag Policy” for all football games. Kansas State fans attending the Wildcat game at Vanderbilt will want to keep this in mind.

I’m not going to debate whether this decision on guns is correct or not. Those who support concealed and carry on campus and elsewhere won’t like it.

Not to forget those who do not want guns anywhere on campus. The debate is never ending.

I’ve attending sporting events across the country including every Power 5 conference. I’ve gone through metal detectors on Capitol Hill in Washington and at theme parks. We all are used to the increase in security that is now part of our world.

At the same time, it is unfortunate that society now requires this type of increase in security.