NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Dorson has been coming to the U.S. Open for more than 25 years. He never had to wait so long to get to his seat as he did Monday.
Lines that snaked for a quarter mile or more — from the exit point of the No. 7 train to the East entrance of the Billie Jean King Tennis Center — made for delays of up to an hour to get inside the grounds.
All a product of newly installed metal detectors the U.S. Tennis Association is making all ticketholders pass through this year before entering the grounds.
"Never seen it like this," said Dorson, who was on hand for the first session of the two-week event. "People are frustrated. For me, it's worth it, because I love tennis."
The USTA had already limited the size and number of bags fans can bring into the tennis center. It had been considering adding metal detectors even before the Boston Marathon in April, when bombs killed three people near the finish line.
Tournament spokesman Chris Widmaier said the USTA now has what it calls "airport-type security," with the metal detectors and the use of wands to check spectators who set off the detectors. Fans won't need to take off shoes or belts.
Widmaier said fans have voiced their displeasure over the long wait to get in Monday. He said the USTA would continue to ask fans to prepare for delays while also trying to streamline the security process. Gates were scheduled to open a half-hour earlier than usual Tuesday — 9:30 a.m. EDT — for matches beginning at 11 a.m. EDT.
Outpatient ROBOTIC HYSTERECTOMY. Trust an experienced Robotic Surgeon.