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Pirates President Apologizes For Long Lines

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It ended as a good night for Pirates fans, with the team taking an 8-2 win over the Giants.

But, Tuesday’s game started less smoothly for fans trying to make it into PNC Park.

The team announced Monday that it would start using metal detecting wands on people entering the stadium.

However, the new security procedure caused huge lines to form outside of the stadium before Tuesday’s game.

Pirates President Frank Coonelly released a statement after the game, partially reading:

“On behalf of the Pirates organization, I apologize to our fans who experienced long lines at the gates prior to tonight’s game. We made the decision several weeks ago to enhance the security at the gates beginning with tonight’s game, but unfortunately we failed in our preparation and execution. We stopped the wanding procedure at the start of the game and were able to clear the lines at the gates by the end of first inning.”

Coonelly said what happened was “unacceptable” and the team will make sure the same problem does not happen again.

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