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New security measures cause long lines at Taste of Country

Making sure 25,000 fans can safely and quickly enter a major summer concert is no simple feat, especially in a time where security is heightened due to incidents like the explosions at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester or the shootings in Orlando's Pulse nightclub.

WYRK and the Buffalo Bisons instituted walk-through metal detectors for the first time at Saturday's Taste of Country concert at Coca-Cola Field, which slowed entry into the venue and infuriated fans who were forced to miss much of the show.

While the hosting organizations tried to accommodate the delays by delaying each act by 15 minutes, it didn't prevent the deluge of upset social media posts. The Facebook discussion on WYRK's apology, however, showed a greater sense of appreciation for the safety – these complaints were directed toward the lack of appropriate staffing for such a well-attended concert.

The local country music station and Triple-A baseball team issued separate apologetic, explanatory statements, both released on Twitter and Facebook:

The thrust of the statement comes from WYRK:

"In light of recent tragic events around the world, major venues are developing enhanced safety procedures – in the case of the ballpark, it is the metal detectors that you went through that are new this year. Sometimes these new protocols can result in delays and the frustration that some of you felt [Saturday] night.

"We understand this frustration, and will work together with our partners at the stadium to make the process as smooth as we can for future events, but our obligation to keep you safe will continue to be job No. 1."

[PHOTOS: Smiles at the 2017 Taste of Country | Band shots from the show]

Increased security measures are nothing new for the Buffalo area over the last two years, and they're not exclusive to major shows. While they were also the focus before Meghan Trainor's 2016 Canalside performance at Kiss the Summer Hello, extra attention has been paid to Buffalo Bills games at New Era Field and to the entrance of City Hall.

Thank you to everyone who attended last night's Taste of Country event for your continued support of WYRK and our...

Posted by Country 106.5 WYRK on Sunday, June 11, 2017

Email: btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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