EDMONTON, AB – Rexall Place is now equipped with walk-through metal detectors which will be in full operation for the start of the 2015-16 National Hockey League (NHL) season. All guests coming to an NHL event will be required to walk through the metal detectors prior to entering the venue.
“The safety and security of everyone entering our venue is our number one priority and we have been working closely with the Oilers Entertainment Group to create the most efficient process possible,” said Tim Reid, President and CEO of Northlands. “We remain committed to creating the best guest experience possible and are confident that with the expertise of our teams, patrons will be able to enter the building quickly and safely.”
“We are working closely with Northlands on the installation and operating procedures related to the walk-through metal detectors at Rexall Place,” said Stu Ballantyne, Oilers Entertainment Group Senior Vice President Operations. “This will not only align us with NHL security protocols for the 2015-16 season and beyond, but will also help create a safe and secure environment to watch Oilers hockey.”
The walk-through metal detectors will be in partial operation starting September 16 for the Oilers Rookies game and in full operation by October 15. Each entry point will have barrier-free access for individuals with mobility challenges and the units have been certified safe for medical devices such as pacemakers or surgical implements. There are also processes in place for guests who have medical circumstances that impede them from walking through a metal detector.
In order to increase the efficiency of this important and necessary process, guests should keep the following in mind before arriving at Rexall Place:
- Prior to coming on site, guests are encouraged to minimize the number of personal items brought to the game. Doing so will speed up entry time for all patrons.
- Currently, all bags and purses are checked and this will remain the case under the new security features.
- Once guests arrive at the walk-through metal detectors, personal belongings that may trigger the alarm should be removed and placed on the side table.
- Should the alarm sound as a guest passes through, they will be directed to secondary screening which could include hand-held metal detectors and pat downs.
Rexall Place reserves the right in its sole discretion to deny access for any items deemed a safety concern or that may result in an undesirable impact on the guest experience. Prohibited items include but are not limited to:
- Weapons – guns, firearms, ammunition, knives, blades
- Self-defense sprays
- Outside food and beverage
- Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs
- Animals (unless a service animal)
- Professional cameras, video recording devices
- Selfie sticks and telescopic devices
- Any other items deemed inappropriate or dangerous by NHL or arena personnel
The installation of this equipment was one of the requirements outlined by the National Hockey League, which stated that all NHL venues were required to have walk-through metal detectors installed by the beginning of this year’s season.
For complete details on enhanced security at Rexall Place and a list of prohibited items, please visit http://www.edmontonoilers.com/security or northlands.com/venues/rexall-place/building-policies/.