BOK Center Will Implement Additional Security Enhancements
|(Tulsa, Okla.) January 4, 2016 – Beginning with the Tulsa Oilers hockey game tomorrow evening, BOK Center will implement additional security measures at all future events. These new enhancements will include walk-through metal detectors at every arena entrance and size restrictions on all bags brought into the building by patrons. To accommodate the additional time needed for the new security procedures, doors will be opened 90 minutes prior to most events and fans are encouraged to arrive early to allow extra time for ingress.
Bags no larger than 13” x 15” x 6’’ will be permitted inside BOK Center. Guests who have bags larger than this size will be asked to return them to their vehicles or discard them. This is in addition to the existing policy that all bags, purses or personal items of any size are subject to search. An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection. BOK Center is unable to store over-sized or prohibited items.
These enhanced security procedures are becoming commonplace in the concert industry and Live Nation, the world’s largest concert promoter has advocated for the new guidelines. All NBA and NHL arenas across the country presently implement these measures including Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena. Besides BOK Center, concert goers nationwide at most non-professional sports venues can expect to see additional security measures in the near future.
“The safety of each guest who enters BOK Center is our top priority,” said BOK Center General Manager Jeff Nickler. “These procedures are just one part of our larger security planning efforts that we’re undertaking for the new year to enhance the safety of our fans and our employees on all event and non-event days.”
BOK Center 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.
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