The XL Center in Hartford is implementing new security measures, including metal detectors.
In addition to the bag and prohibited items policies, all guests will be subject to search, at XL Center’s discretion, including purses of normal size as of Jan. 11.
No bags, backpacks or briefcases will be allowed, but an exception will be made for medically necessary items and diaper bags with an accompanied child after proper inspection.
The center said oversized and prohibited items are unable to be stored at the venue.
The XL Center also said patrons who are accustomed to using the atrium area to navigate the downtown corridor should also prepare for interruptions on event days.
Due to increased security, including use of metal detectors, anyone going to an event is encouraged to allow for extra time to enter the XL Center and to leave non-essential items at home.
Guests who wish to refuse to go through a metal detector will be wanded, which the XL Center says might delay entry into the venue.
Fans who do not have bags or purses will have expedited entry through a designated and dedicated lines.
The metal detectors are wide enough to allow easy entrance into the venue through a wheelchair, but they will likely trigger an alarm. If that happens, the guest will be checked with a metal detector wand.
“Providing a safe, engaging and fun environment for all fans is a top priority for Spectra Venue Management, operators of the XL Center in Hartford,” a statement from the XL Center says.