The queues moved smoothly at PNC Park Wednesday night, a day after a new security procedure frustrated thousands of fans.
The new security measure announced Monday requires everyone entering the park to be scanned by metal-detecting wands, a process Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki said is a response to the Boston bombing and only supposed to take a few seconds per person.
But, when the opening pitch was thrown Tuesday night, many were stuck outside the gate getting updates from their phones. Minutes later, security abandoned the wands and the lines quickly dissipated.
There were 30,614 attendees Tuesday night ready to see the debut of top pitching prospect Gerrit Cole. Nearly 20,000 attended Wednesday.
Team president Frank Coonelly called the experience Tuesday "unacceptable" and suggested fans should "allow for additional time when coming to the game."
Many fans were unfazed by the additional security Wednesday, but the suggestion they should arrive early was met with incredulity by others.
"That can be tough in working-class America," said Mike Amenta of Sewickley, noting that many people can't leave work early to avoid lines.
The Pirates stuck with the added layer of security Wednesday, but tweaked the procedure by asking people to hold whatever they had in their pockets in their hands instead of emptying the contents into bins, setting up metal gates to create individual lines and using the wands "less intensely," according to a guest relations representative.
Alex Zimmerman: email@example.com or 412-263-3909 or Twitter @AGZimmerman. First Published June 13, 2013 5:15 AM