The grand opening of the Barclays Center is only three months away, which means everyone has to start dotting their i's and crossing their t's. At a round table meeting between state and Barclays Center officials and community organizations last night, it was revealed that Barclays would have walk-through metal detectors. “I was considering getting season tickets, but I don’t want to feel like a criminal when I go to a game,” longtime fan Robert Master told the Post. “They don’t even have metal detectors at [the Nets former home] Prudential Center, and crime is much worse in Newark than Brooklyn.”
The Post calls it "a stunning diss to the Borough of Kings," pointing out that no other sporting venue in the tristate area has them. "This is new technology that is more efficient, more effective, and less intrusive than a wand," Barclays Center spokesman Barry Baum told DNAInfo. "We take security very seriously and these detectors will allow us to most effectively screen arena visitors."
Borough President Marty Markowitz has previously said he would “vehemently oppose” use of metal detectors as standard operating procedure. But Robert Sena, director of security for the 18,200-seat arena, added that this really is no big deal: “This is not going to be like the airport,” he said. “No one is going to ask to you to take off your shoes and belt.” And yet, he conspicuously doesn't say anything about whether they might try to touch your junk.