Over a dozen arenas that work with Live Nation have begun implementing security upgrades at LN’s request, screening fans with metal detectors and limiting what type of bags fans can be brought into concerts and events.
Live Nation issued an advisory to non-NHL/NBA facilities late last year, a month after the terrorist attacks at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris and just days after the mass shooting in San Bernardino.
While many buildings with professional teams already follow these guidelines, Live Nation officials have issued the following security requirements for all Live Nation concerts and events.
- Bags no larger than 13.62-inch by 15.25-inch are permitted and all backs should be clear or see-through
- Everyone must pass through a walk-through metal detector.
- Installation of camera systems with a command center monitoring capability.
- Cultural training for staff with an emphasis on appropriate handling of ethnic & religious sensitivities.
- Pre-event inspections by bomb detection K9 units.
In the last month, a number of arenas have announced upgrades. The Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, the BOK Center in Tulsa and the Verizon Arena in North Little Rock have all introduced new metal detector requirements for patrons, as well as beefed up security measures.
Security and the New Normal
“These new procedures are becoming standard practice in public assembly venues,” said Michael Marion, GM of the Verizon Arena, in a release yesterday. “While there is no perfect safety system — we strive to ensure our patrons have a good experience at events at Verizon Arena. We hope all our patrons will be patient as our staff adapts to this new normal that we all face.”
Verizon Arena will introduce the beefed up security measures at a Harlem Globetrotters game this Friday. While some facilities have chosen to purchase the metal detectors, others have opted to rent the machines on a per event basis.
Other venues that have beefed up security include Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, The Pit at the University of New Mexico, the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.