OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) are reminding media and fans to arrive early and to pack lightly for all games this season, particularly the home-opener on Sunday, Oct. 11, when the Sens host the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. Canadian Tire Centre is expected to be at capacity for Sunday’s game, the first time a crowd of that size will be entering the building with the National Hockey League’s new security measures in place.
As part of the Senators’ efforts to allow fans easy access into the venue, doors will now open two hours before every game, giving fans an additional 30 minutes to get into Canadian Tire Centre. For Sunday’s home opener, doors will open at 5 p.m.
“While the pre-season allowed for a successful trial run for the upgraded security measures, we will continue to implore fans to arrive early to minimize any delays,” said Tom Conroy, vice-president and executive director of Canadian Tire Centre. “We have witnessed already that repeat visitors are more prepared for the walk through metal detectors and speeds of entry are improving. With a large number of guests expected to make their first visit to Canadian Tire Centre this season, we are asking that everyone plan to arrive a little earlier to make sure they don’t miss any of the pageantry of opening night.”
In addition to the game, there will be a red carpet walk-in by the Senators players and staff, as well as many other exiting season-opening initiatives that will be announced as the game nears. Fewer than 1,000 tickets remain for Sunday’s home opener.
At Canadian Tire Centre, magnetometers (walk-through metal detectors) will be used to screen all fans as they enter the venue at all points of entry. By new league standards, magnetometers are mandatory for games in all NHL venues starting in 2015-16 and in Ottawa they will remain in use for all non-hockey events and shows.
Patrons will use these walk-through magnetometers (much like those used at airports) at all points of entry, allowing for guests to enter the venue as quickly and efficiently as possible. Only in unique circumstances will patting down or hand-held wands be used with guests. Fans will not be asked to remove shoes or belts, but will be asked to remove any metallic items from their pockets. The magnetometers are designed to allow all patrons to walk through safely, including those with specific medical conditions like pacemakers, defibrillators and bone/joint replacements.
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