Hundreds Waiting to Enter Pepsi Center

Posted August 26, 2008 at 8:21pm

Hundreds of people were waiting to enter the Pepsi Center security entrance at Auroria and Ninth streets on Tuesday evening, forcing police to bus part of the crowd to a second entrance.

At 7 p.m. MDT, the entrance at Ninth Street had a line that looked like it would take hours to get through, but by 8 p.m. that line was almost nonexistant.

That entrance, located on the opposite side of the center close to Invesco Field, is usually reserved for delegates, according to officers at the scene.

While the Ninth Street entrance only has about a half a dozen magnetometers, the second entrance has closer to 20.

Officers said it was much more crowded than Monday night, perhaps due to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) scheduled speech.

Reporters, activists and other attendees repeatedly tried to cut in line and find other ways to enter the security perimeter, but extra officers were called to help keep the crowds in line.

Police officers said people wanting to enter through the second entrance could only get there via buses at the Ninth Street entrance.