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A different spin on sports by The Seattle Times staff and readers.

April 21, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Poll: How safe do you feel at sports events?

The Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 raised some interesting questions about security at major sports events that are still being answered. Monday’s race in Boston made me wonder how safe sports fans really feel when they go to events now.

Security has definitely been tightened at almost any event, from high school and college to pros. Waiting in line for nearly an hour to check in equipment and backpacks before the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 in East Rutherford, N.J., almost seemed normal. I saw many impatient media people that day, but everyone knew why it was happening and accepted that it’s the new normal.

But what about the general sports fan? How do you feel about having someone going through your purse or backpack? Like airport security, is it just the price of living in an open society that has been the target of terrorism?

That’s our informal Take 2 poll today. Cast your vote, email me directly or weigh in on the comment thread.

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