Security to increase at sporting events in Four Corners

Posted at: 01/13/2014 6:32 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

School sports fans, have you got your school colors and your giant foam finger?

Soon you'll need more than that to get into the game in the Four Corners.

You’ll need to open your backpacks and other bags for searches, and bring your ID.

Imagine what it takes to keep knives, guns or other threats out of the stands during high school sports.

That’s the challenge taken on by athletic directors at four schools after they attended conferences on event safety. 

People going to games at Piedra Vista, Farmington High, Kirtland Central and Aztec can expect to be identified and searched.

"Check and make sure everyone has an id, quick search through personal camera bags, diaper bags," said Kelly Thur, Athletic Director at Piedra Vista High School.

Students and fans can also expect security guards on hand using hand-held metal detectors at all games.

The schools will start implementing the new procedures this month but the real challenge will come next season, with open arena sports, like football.

"Our number one priority is the event structure that are in a closed environment to get our feet into the water to see where that goes, and see what we can do for those other events," said Thur.

Parents we talked to are ok with the changes.

"I’ve never felt threatened at events anyway, so having an extra step of security will be fine, I think. It will just take some time to get used to," said Kristy Graham, Piedra Vista Girls Basketball Booster Club president.

The athletic directors say they're not waiting for a problem to make things safer.

"At the end of the day it’s hard to argue against the safety of anybody," said Thur.