SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Arena is trying to help visitors avoid long lines during big-name events after guests got stuck in lines longer than expected to see Elton John two weekends ago.
A world-renowned performer like Elton John quickly sold out his show at the arena, including tickets for guests who hadn't been to the arena in a while.
"When that happened, we realized that we should probably get back out and remind people of some of the things they should think about when they're coming for a show these days," said Spokane Arena General Manager Matt Gibson. Several security changes have been made at the arena in recent months, including adding metal detectors, and now allowing firearms on the premises.
"We just want to make sure people are aware of some of the constraints we have with getting people in the doors these days," Gibson said.
So, the arena posted on social media the things you need to "know before you go."
First, it says you should try to arrive at least an hour before the show begins. It also recommends only bringing what you need, like money, your ID and a cell phone. If you need a purse, it says to try and bring a small one.
The arena also wants to remind you that parking is cash only, so you should bring at least $10 in cold hard cash.
The arena also says visitors need to leave all weapons at home.
"As long as you remember the get here early and try to leave as much as you can at home, we should be good," said Gibson.
The arena says you can also expect to see a few changes to help things go more smoothly in the future.
"We're going to have a few extra people on site outside the grounds to try and direct people a little more proactively.