Von Braun Center adds security to arena

Metal detectors will be used at the VBC starting Friday.

Posted: Apr. 17, 2018 4:46 PM
Updated: Apr. 17, 2018 8:40 PM

WAAY 31 learned the Von Braun Center spent almost $50,000 to upgrade security.

Metal detectors will be used at the VBC starting Friday.

The Center told WAAY 31 it decided to purchase the metal detectors to not only keep people safe, but also because some people refused to book their performers in venues that didn't have them.

"Live Nation is the world's largest promoter so they have a lot of influence in the industry. Other promoting agencies are mandating them as well. Individual artists have contacted us in the past saying 'you have to do metal detection either by hand wand or metal detectorsor I won't come to the facility,'" said Ron Grimes who is charge of Public Safety at the VBC.

Grimes told WAAY 31 the Center has had retired law enforcement working security for years, and now they're just working to make the arena more secure.

"We're not doing it for any particular threat. We are trying to be ahead of the game a little bit," he said.

Metal detectors will only be used in the arena, But Grimes told us the VBC is looking at adding them to the concert hall in the near future.

Others changes starting this Friday include no backpacks inside the arena, and bags brought inside can be no larger than 14 x 16.

Umbrellas will also be prohibited, however the Center said it will have an area by the door for you to leave yours at your own risk.

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