INTRUST Bank Arena Implements Security Enhancements
(Wichita, Kan.) – The SMG-managed INTRUST Bank Arena announced today security enhancements that are being implemented immediately to increase the level of safety provided to its patrons and employees. These new enhancements include walk-through metal detectors at every arena entrance for all events. The walk-through metal detectors will be in place beginning with the Barry Manilow concert this Friday, Feb. 19.
The arena started the process of wanding and bag searching, and also implemented a bag policy, at the Taylor Swift concert in August of 2013. The implementation of walk-through metal detectors as an enhanced security procedure is becoming commonplace in the concert industry and Live Nation, the world’s largest concert promoter, has advocated for the new guidelines. Besides INTRUST Bank Arena, BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. and KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Ky. presently implement these measures and concert goers nationwide at most non-professional sports venues can expect to see additional security measures in the near future.
“The safety of our guests as well as our employees is of the utmost importance to us,” said SMG General Manager, A.J. Boleski. “We strive to be leaders in the industry and strongly believe this enhancement to our security measures will keep safety as a top priority while also enhancing the guest experience at INTRUST Bank Arena.”
INTRUST Bank Arena has previously utilized metal detectors once before at the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concerts in December 2015. Based on this experience, Arena officials do not expect any additional delays during ingress with the transition from wanding to walk-through metal detectors. However, fans are always encouraged to arrive early to upcoming events to allow enough time for parking and the ingress process. INTRUST Bank Arena respects the privacy of its guests and the enhanced security measures will only be used to prevent hazardous and prohibited items from entering the venue. As a reminder, the Arena’s bag policy does not permit bags in excess of 16” long by 8” wide by 12” high inside the venue. For a full list of prohibited items, please visit www.intrustbankarena.com.