As the Spokane Arena prepares to kick off a series of major concerts, as well as the Chiefs season next month, they're working to tighten security and improve safety measures.
The Spokane Arena hosts some of the biggest names in sports and music, and while they want guests to enjoy the show safety is their number one priority.
“We live in a different world these days and we are trending with what's going on in the industry right now,” Arena General Manager Matt Gibson said.
Their biggest change will be scanning guests with security wands
“Everybody coming in the door, both front of house and back of house, it is going to take a little bit more time. And even if it's 10 seconds, 10 seconds times 10,000 people it's going to take us awhile to get everyone in there,” Gibson said.
In addition, bags will be searched at the door, per usual. Arena staff recommends you bring nothing more than your wallet and cell phone.
Weapons have never been allowed at the arena, so leave them at home, as well as cameras that cannot fit in your front pocket. Also don't bring selfie sticks as they could be used as weapons.
The Arena says most of these rules, are by request of the artists.
Staff also recommends to come when the doors open, rather than waiting 15 minutes before game or show time. That way you have time to grab a drink and get to your seat before the fun starts.
“We want to be on top of that curve with respect to guest safety and I think we are and I'm really happy to say since we've started this a few months ago I've had more thank yous than detractors,” Gibson said.
Metal detectors will be rolled out on October 1, which coincides with the first Spokane Chiefs game of the season.