President Donald Trump was in attendance for the College Football Playoff national title game on Monday evening, and the heightened security measures involved in getting the leader of the free world into Mercedes-Benz Stadium may be at least partially to blame for some upset folks.
Several media personalities are reporting that fans have been facing extended waits to get inside the stadium. Given the rain in Atlanta and extreme ticket prices for two teams playing close to home, that’s a recipe for upset folks.
SEC Country estimates that roughly 60 percent of the stadium was full with 30 minutes until kickoff. During the ESPN telecast, Chris Fowler estimated the crowd was split 70 percent Georgia and 30 percent Alabama.
Here is a look at what is being said about the entrance to the national title game, with wait times being reported from 30 minutes to more than an hour:
Story developing: Lines outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium are not moving. Taking at least hour to get inside at this point. At this pace, some will miss kickoff.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 9, 2018
Angry crowds locked outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. People throwing insults and punches. Meanwhile, inside, the roof is leaking. What a mess! #NationalChampionship #ugafootball #Alabamafootball
— mike hiserman (@MikeHiserman) January 8, 2018
Photo just sent from a reader outside the stadium, 30 minutes before kickoff. pic.twitter.com/6dT1v7CTSg
— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) January 9, 2018
Thousands and thousands of Alabama and Georgia fans have been standing in the rain for hours trying to get into Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Secret Service checking everyone. Such a cluster.
— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) January 8, 2018