Air Canada Centre implements new security measures
/ Toronto Maple Leafs
In the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in the United States, fans attending events at Toronto's Air Canada Centre will encounter new security measures that will supplement those that have been in place since the arena opened its doors in February 1999.
Beginning with Friday's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins, fans will no longer be permitted to bring backpacks and over-sized bags into the facility. Small bags will be permitted but will be subject to search at all entry gates. Additional police and security personnel will also be visible outside and inside the arena.
"Our security and safety programs have been excellent since we opened Air Canada Centre, but there is a heightened state of awareness in all public facilities and we've taken additional steps accordingly to ensure the safety of our guests," said Bob Hunter, senior vice-president and general manager of Air Canada Centre. "While the majority of our security measures must remain confidential to ensure their success, fans will see enhanced security as they pass through the entry gates. We don't expect any inconveniences as a result, but we do ask for everyone's cooperation in ensuring the safest possible environment."
Air Canada Centre welcomes 18,900 fans through its doors for each Maple Leafs game, and averaged more than 19,300 fans for Raptors games last season. Full security measures will be in effect for all games, concerts and other events at the venue.