CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - U.S. Bank Arena announced significant upgrades to safety and security measures and policies for all events beginning with Thursday's Blake Shelton concert.
The upgrades center around the installation of walk-through metal detectors for all points of entry to the venue. In addition, large bags and purses will now be limited to 12" x 12" x 6".
"The safety of every person who enters our facility is always priority number one," said U.S. Bank Arena Vice President and General Manager Kristin Ropp, in a release. "We pride ourselves on creating an environment conducive to enjoying oneself and feeling safe. These new measures are the latest in solidifying that position. Feeling safe and secure is a major point of creating a great experience when people visit our arena."
According to arena officials, the installation of these measures follows the lead of many other venues in an effort to strengthen security measures and create a safe and enjoyable environment for patrons.
From time to time, there have been metal detectors at the arena, many times through the request of the performer, said Sean Lynn who is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for U.S. Bank Arena. Adding these new metal detectors will be permanent at the arena.
"We're investing in 22 different units. Those include each of our two main gates, our employee entrance downstairs and also the artist's will enter one as he comes into the building," Lynn told FOX19 NOW.
The plans for the metal detectors have been in the works for some time now at the arena. Their next door neighbors, Great American Ball Park, already have metal detectors installed inside the gates there.
"It certainly has been a conversation piece for a while - a couple of years," said Lynn. "Certainly events of the recent nature have kind of spurned those talks to get it a little quicker. When push came to shove, we were happy to make the investment."
Lynn said that every single person – ticketholders, employees or performers – will walk through metal detectors.
"Everyone into U.S. Bank Arena will walk through it whether it's a patron, employee or performer. They will all enter through a metal detector before they enjoy the rest of the evening," Lynn told FOX19 NOW. "You will walk through a metal detector when you come to an event at U.S. Bank Arena."
To ensure no delayed entry into the arena for fans, U.S. Bank Arena recommends the following:
- Arrive early: Doors typically open 120 minutes for those shows with a general admission area, 90 minutes prior to concerts and 60 minutes for sporting events and family shows.
- Do not remove outerwear/accessories: When approaching the entrance, fans should be prepared to places phones and other items in the tray and unzip all jackets. Visitors can wear hats, belts, shoes, and jewelry as they walk through the metal detectors. Spare change, wallets, and keys do not need to be removed
- Hold onto your ticket: Each person should carry his or her own ticket once passing through the metal detectors.
- Remove prohibited items from pockets and purses: Guests should leave all prohibited items in their car or home. A list of prohibited items can be found here.
- Use all available doors: Fans should avoid congregating at any particular door unless otherwise instructed.
Arena officials tell FOX19 NOW the metal detectors will arrive Thursday morning, and will take several hours to install but will be ready to go in time for the Blake Shelton concert that night.
For more information on the new protocols and policies or any upcoming events, please visit www.usbankarena.com.