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Game Day Security Screening

In an effort to keep all Wild fans, media, vendors and staff safe, we ask that all parties pass through walk-through metal detectors upon entry to Wild games at Xcel Energy Center. Guests will not be asked to remove jackets or shoes however cell phones and cameras must be set in designated bins before passing through the metal detectors.

To expedite the screening process, fans are encouraged to leave non-essential items at home or carry items in a clear 12 x 6 x 12 bag. "Express", no bag/clear bag lines are available at each gate. Doors open 75 minutes prior to game time to allow fans extra time for the screening process.

Prohibited Items
  • Oversized bags, backpacks or wrapped gifts
  • Weapons of any kind: including guns, knives, pepper spray, mace, chains, spikes, etc.
  • Laptops or Cameras with detachable lenses
  • Food or beverage
  • Cans, glass bottles, coolers or similar containers
  • Air horns, noise makers, balloons or inflatable items 
  • Selfie sticks or laser pointers 
  • Pets (other than service animals)
  • Hockey sticks or poles
  • Recording devices (including video, audio & GoPro's)
  • Masks (masks are defined as forms of disguise or concealment worn over or in front of the face to hide the identity of the person)
  • Any other items deemed inappropriate or dangerous by arena personnel, in their sole discretion

Security Screening FAQ's

To provide a safe environment for the public and expedite fan entry into arenas, the NHL has implemented a League-wide policy that will require all persons attending or working NHL games to be screened upon entering the Xcel Energy Center. Walk-through magnetometers are located at all Xcel Energy Center entrances in which all will be required to pass through them upon entry to all Minnesota Wild home games.

As you approach a gate, any personal bag will be searched (if applicable). Once the bag check is complete, remove items in your pockets and place it along with the checked bag on the table provided. Wait for the staff to direct you through the metal detector. Once through, gather personal belongings and proceed to the ticket taker.

If a walk-through metal detector alerts a security officer to the presence of items that require further inspection, guests will be directed to the side, where they will be re-screened via a hand-held metal detector or physical pat-down. When the items in question are discovered, individuals will be asked to display them and/or allow a security officer to examine them. At this time, a security officer will determine whether or not these items will be permitted into Xcel Energy Center.

It is possible based upon the location of an alarm on the magnetometer, however it is not needed unless asked by a security officer. 

Gates open 75 minutes prior to game time to accommodate for the security measures.

Our bag policy remains the same as in previous years. Large bags, backpacks or items that exceed 12" x 6" x 12" in dimension will not be allowed in. We do encourage you to bring your items in a clear bag to expedite the screening process. Express gates will be available at each entrance for those who have no bags of have clear bags.

At each entrance there is a designated ADA area. Guests using these lanes will be subject to a light pat-down search and/or use of hand-held metal detector as well inspection of the mobility device or stroller. ADA locations are identified with signage at each entrance.

Please report to the ADA entrance and alert the staff at the check point and they will make alternate accommodations. All fans are subject to search prior to entering Xcel Energy Center.

Xcel Energy Center and the Minnesota Wild ban firearms on our premises.

Smoking will be permitted outside of Gate 3, once the game has begun. You will need to be rescreened as you renter the arena. Smoking is prohibited prior to game time.

We ask that all guests leave prohibited items in their vehicle prior to entering Xcel Energy Center. We cannot maintain custody of any such items on behalf of guests. We ask that you refrain from bringing these items with you. Xcel Energy Center and Minnesota Wild are not responsible for items left at any of the gates.

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