The "Sunday Service Experience" was supposed to start at 7 p.m., but was delayed until the line began to move.
"I think they should have opened the doors at 5 p.m.," said one woman. "But they were free tickets. If I had paid, I would have been mad."
The issue appeared to have been the security put in place for the event that filled the Lakewood sanctuary to its 17,000 seat capacity. Each person was required to go through a metal detector. Purses were also searched. When the performance was set to start, fewer than half of the seats were occupied. By the end, the sanctuary was full.
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Until then, people who expected to be inside the church, watching Kanye and the choir perform their take on gospel music, watched it while standing in line on their cellphones.
Lakewood pastor Joel Osteen appeared on stage around 8:15 p.m. to welcome the crowd.
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I talked to a man outside of Lakewood this morning who has all of Kanye West’s album artwork tattooed on his arm. He said Kanye is an inspiration to him because he’s constantly breaking down barriers and proving that he can do what people says he can’t. https://t.co/HtgDlr110O pic.twitter.com/9FbQnbgURg— Mycah Hatfield (@MycahABC13) November 17, 2019
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