Metal detectors coming to Blue Jackets games

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — New security measures are being taken for Columbus Blue Jackets fans beginning this season.

Walk-through metal detectors will be placed at entrances at all National Hockey League arenas, including Nationwide Arena, team and stadium officials announced Thursday. The metal detectors will be utilized at entrances of the arena, with areas near each entrance to accommodate for guests that request or require special treatment due to medical circumstances.

“This new policy is in line with what has become an industry standard across MLB, NBA and NFL venues and we’re happy to comply with any enhancement aimed at improving customer convenience and safety,” said Blue Jackets Vice President of Communications and Team Services Todd Sharrock. “The implementation of these procedures will be new for everyone, so we thank our guests in advance for their patience and strongly encourage planning ahead to allow adequate time for entry.”

The detectors will make their debut on Sept. 21, when the Blue Jackets host the Pittsburgh Penguins for the preseason opening game.

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