Spokane Arena increases security measures for all events

The Spokane Arena is heightening security for all events this year.

SPOKANE, Wash. --- The Spokane Arena is 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.

And at the Carrie Underwood concert on Sunday, attendees will witness these new changes.
When Carrie Underwood fans get to the concert tonight, all of them will be going through security with a metal detector wand and every bag will be 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.

But more security means a longer wait time.

For example, Gibson expects it to be a sold out crowd at Carrie Underwood's concert tonight.

Gibson suggests come early to all events at the Spokane Arena.



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