Mohegan Sun Arena Hopes To Have Metal Detectors Installed By Fall
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Patrons of Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza will see a new security measure soon: walk-through metal detectors at all entrances.
The metal detectors should be installed by this fall, arena General Manager Brian Sipe said at Wednesday’s meeting of the Luzerne County Convention Center Authority, which oversees the arena.
The target date to have them installed is early October, for the start of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2018-19 hockey season, authority Chairman Ed Harry said Wednesday.
Security at arenas and stadiums has become a pressing issue in light of recent acts of violence in public spaces, Harry said.
Also, the authority’s insurance carrier recommended the arena install metal detectors, he said.
“We’ve talked about it for awhile and we decided that everybody else is upgrading,” Harry said. “We just figured we might as well do it first chance we get this year.”
The authority board on Wednesday voted to issue a request for proposals for the project.
The cost to install the metal detectors will depend on the proposals the authority receives from contractors, Harry said. The money will come from a contingency fund the authority maintains for needed improvement projects, he said.
Arena patrons are currently scanned with metal-detecting wands as they enter the building. Those wands might be used as a supplemental security safeguard after the metal detectors are installed, Harry said.
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