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Packed air show crowds forced gate closure at Hill Air Force Base

Posted at 11:39 AM, Jun 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-25 19:09:01-04

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Massive crowds attending the Warriors Over the Wasatch show prompted Hill Air Force Base to temporarily delay entry to the base on Saturday.

According to a statement posted to Facebook, Hill Air Force Base said gate entry was paused temporarily to allow the lines inside to catch up and shorten.

Shortly after the Facebook post, the base posted to Twitter acknowledging long delays.

"Base leadership is aware of the backup at the gates and portal. We're working as quickly as we can to resolve the issues brought to our attention," the post read.

An official at the UTA station in Clearfield said anyone arriving via the train faced a 2-hour wait once they got to the base, and risked not getting in at all.

People who had attempted to get into the show told horror stories of long lines and disarray at the entrance gates.

Even after the base said they had reopened gates, UTA trains were still telling passengers that the show was closed to new guests for the remainder of the day.

"Someone should get UTA on the same page as the base. Totally gave us bad info at the Clearfield station … hundreds of people got back on trains to go back home," Alan Reese wrote on Twitter.

The Air and Space Show is returning to the base following a years-long hiatus.

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