Arena Security Changes Take Effect Tonight
New security measures at Mohegan Sun Arena take effect tonight.
Walk-through metal detectors at arena entrances will be in place for tonight’s hockey game between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, arena officials announced in a news release issued Tuesday.
A “clear bag” policy, that will prohibit patrons to carry purses and covered bags into the arena, will take effect Jan. 1.
The Luzerne County Convention Center Authority, which oversees the operation of the arena in Wilkes-Barre Twp., approved the acquisition of metal detectors in July. Last month, the authority approved a bid for $76,000 from security firm CEIA USA to install them at arena entrances.
The clear bag policy will represent a significant change to the arena’s security protocols.
Patrons will no longer be permitted to bring backpacks, fanny packs, purses, diaper bags, camera bags or briefcases into the arena. Babies may be brought in using a soft baby carrier or a sling.
However, bags that are clear and measure 12-by-12-by-6 inches or less, or one-gallon plastic freezer bags will be permitted. The clear bags can contain personal belongings such as medical items, cameras, binoculars and child care items.
For certain events, such as Penguins hockey games, mobile tablets such as iPads will also be permitted.
Also, wristlets no larger than 4-by-6-by-1 inches, with or without a strap, will be allowed inside the arena without being placed inside a clear bag.
Patrons should place general care items such as glasses, wallets and keys in a pocket when passing through metal detectors, the news release states.
While the clear bag policy will not be enforced until Jan. 1, patrons are encouraged to adhere to the new policy at arena events for the rest of this year.
Walk-through metal detectors at venue entrances and a clear bag policy have become common security practices in the concert and event industry, according to the news release.
“The safety of our guests as well as our employees is of the utmost importance to us,” arena General Manager Brian Sipe said, in a statement. “We strongly believe that most venues will be implementing these policies in the near future. ... We want to be at the forefront of this change in security policy in public venues like ours.”
For a full list of items that will prohibited under the new policy, visit www.mohegansunarenapa.com.
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