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New security measures at Arena: come early, leave your weapons at home

People attending events at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena are being asked to come early and leave some items at home.

Arena staff have been rolling out new security measures since July.

For the Carrie Underwood concert Sunday, employees will search every bag and use a security wand on every attendee, said Matt Gibson, the Arena’s general manager. By the time the Spokane Chiefs’ have their home opener Oct. 1, there will be walk-through metal detectors at all entrances to the facility, including those used by employees.

Arena staff recommend guests arrive an hour ahead of an event’s start time. “If you cannot make it to the venue before 30 minutes prior to show, please expect a delay,” said a reminder of the new procedures from Arena staff.

Said Gibson: adding a security wand procedure takes “maybe 10 to 15 seconds longer, but 10 to 15 seconds times 8,000 or 10,000 people is quite a bit.”

People attending an event are asked to bring only essential items, and leave large bags and purses at home because they’ll slow the entry lines. And no weapons, including firearms, pocket knives, pepper spray or wallet chains, will be allowed. Also not allowed are cameras with detachable lenses; cameras must fit in your front pants pocket.

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