Fans experience new security upgrades at Rio Tinto Stadium

Posted at 10:33 PM, Jun 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-15 00:33:10-04

SANDY, Utah -- In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, venues across the nation are ramping up security, including the Rio Tinto Stadium.

More than $200,000 was invested in upgrading security for the nearly 20,000 fans that filter through the stadium every season. On Tuesday night, RSL fans experienced the new upgrades.

“This is just a statement on the world we live in now,” said Trey Fitz-gerald, VP Communications Real Salt Lake.

Lines wrapped around the building as thousands flooded into the four main entrances at the stadium. While getting ready for kickoff, security is a prime concern.

“Similar to when you go to a Jazz game or a Denver Bronco game, when you come up to the gate you have to take your phone and keys into your pocket, walk through what we would commonly refer to as a metal detector and move your way into the stadium,” Fitz-gerald said.

Along with that, large bags will not be allowed in.

This new step in security is something fans support.

“I think it’s great. I think they need that -- they need to have security for everything that’s been going on,” said one woman waiting in line.

Most agree a longer wait in line is worth the peace of mind.

“I’d rather have this than not be safe,” one man said.

RSL is asking fans to come out to the game a little early so they can get inside for kickoff on time. You can view all the new safety measures here