Montreal Impact to speed up security at games after fans complain
‘I'm here for soccer not boarding an international flight,’ tweeted one spectator
Long lines outside of the Montreal Impact's most recent home game have prompted the team to announce new measures at Saputo Stadium to speed up entry.
The July 2 game against the New England Revolution set off a firestorm of angry tweets from fans waiting to get through security.
Delays for security at Stade Saputo are completely unacceptable. I'm here for soccer not boarding an international flight <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/mls?src=hash">#mls</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/imfc?src=hash">#imfc</a>—@krusader42
Arrivez tôt au stade Saputo parce que les mesures de sécurité sont reserrées en MLS compte tenu du climat mondial <a href="https://t.co/90ugs35lf3">pic.twitter.com/90ugs35lf3</a>—@jpballeux
The Impact announced it beefed up security measures in April, requiring staff to thoroughly search all bags at the entrance to the stadium and prohibiting fans from bringing backpacks and large bags inside.
After the July 2 lineups, the Impact has promised to add more staff and entry points to the stadium starting with the next home game against New York City FC on Sunday, July 17.
"The customer experience is a priority for us and we will make sure that access to Stade Saputo is greatly improved," said Montreal Impact Executive Vice-President Richard Legendre in a statement.
The statement also said that the new security measures were necessary and consistent across the MLS (Major League Soccer.)