TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - The University of Alabama announced it will test the use of metal detectors once a month for the next three months at men’s basketball games played inside Coleman Coliseum.
Football fans got used to walking through metal detectors this past season at games played inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The metal detectors will be used for the first home basketball game on Jan. 12 against Texas A&M. Fans will be asked to remove all metal objects from their pockets. Prohibited items will have to be disposed of, or returned the car before entering the building.
“At times it slows the amount of people being able to get in. It takes longer to get in to the game. But that’s really a price to pay in terms of making sure people are safe,” Sam Callahan, a University of Alabama student, explained.
Metal detectors will also be used on Feb. 16 against Florida and on March 5 against Auburn.