ST. LOUIS – Scottrade Center announced today that the venue will begin implementing the use of metal detection screening at all St. Louis Blues hockey games this season, beginning with the first preseason home game on Tuesday, September 22. The measure is part of the National Hockey League’s implementation of mandatory metal detectors at all NHL arenas in 2015.
The walk-through metal detectors will be used to screen all guests at all points of entry. There are three public entrances at Scottrade Center: Kiel Parking Garage (Gate 1) is located on the west end of the arena, Hall of Fame Plaza (Gate 2) is located on the south end of the arena and 14th Street (Gate 3) is located on the east end of the arena.
The Club Level gate is located on the fourth level of the attached garage and is designated for club seatholders and St. Louis Blues season ticketholder club members. Fans are encouraged to consider the use of the 14th Street entrance to access the building as the Kiel Parking Garage and Hall of Fame Plaza entrances often become congested.
Guests will not be asked to remove shoes or belts, but will be asked to remove and place in a bin any metallic items from their pockets, including cell phones, before proceeding through metal detectors.
The metal detectors are ADA-compliant, making it safe for guests with pacemakers or other devices to enter, however guests can request to be patted down if they prefer. Security staffing has been increased to ensure the new entry process is implemented as efficiently as possible.
“The safety of our guests is our top priority at Scottrade Center and the implementation of metal detectors is just one of the many steps we’ve taken to ensure that everyone who enters our building can enjoy a safe and secure environment,” said Chris Zimmerman, President and CEO of Business Operations.
Scottrade Center’s bag search and re-entry policies will remain in effect. Bags larger than 14"x14" are prohibited and all bags are subject to search. While re-entry is prohibited, a designated pass out smoking area is located at Section 109/110 and will be open between the start of the first period and the start of the third period.