SPOKANE, Wash. --- Spokane Arena officials said Monday they are heightening security for all events this year.
Since the deadly shooting in Orlando this summer, higher security measures have been added to the event center.
“It’s our opinion that loud concerts, loud family events, darkened situations, alcohol, people bringing in weapons just doesn’t mix,” Arena general Manager Matt Gibson said.
Gibson said these new measures are to keep everyone safe.
Those in attendance at the Carrie Underwood concert on Sunday, witnessed those new changes first-hand.
When Underwood's fans arrived at the concert, they went through a metal detector at security and every bag was checked.
Gibson also said that by the time the Spokane Chiefs have their home opener on October 1, there will be walk-through metal detectors at all entrances.
The purpose for these new measures came from patterns arena officials have seen across the nation.
“If you go to any NFL stadium or NHL stadium, Safeco Field with the Mariners, they’ve all gone to metal detectors and we’re just following that trend,” Gibson said.
More security though, means a longer wait time.
Gibson suggests come early to all events at the Spokane Arena.
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