(Pensacola, FL) October 6, 2017 - Beginning with the Thomas Rhett concert Friday, October 13, 2017, Pensacola Bay Center will implement additional security measures at all future events. These new enhancements will include metal detectors at every arena entrance and size restrictions on all bags brought into the building by patrons. In the near future, patrons can expect to see walk-through metal detectors at every arena entrance. To accommodate the additional time needed for the new security procedures, doors will be opened 90 minutes prior to most events and fans are encouraged to arrive early to allow extra time for ingress.
To provide a safer environment, security at all entrances will include metal-detecting with bag size restrictions and prohibited items policies enforced. Bags are restricted to one bag (12” x 12” x 6”) per person and one small clutch purse (6.5” x 4.5”). The small clutch should be approximately the size of a hand. *Accommodations will be available for diaper bags and medical bags provided they go through the bag check screening process
Prohibited carry-in items also include, but are not limited to:
LARGE BAGS ANY WEAPONS OUTSIDE FOOD
BACKPACKS SPIKES OR CHAINS OUTSIDE DRINK
WAIST PACKS LASER POINTERS CONTAINERS
UMBRELLAS NOISEMAKERS GLASS ITEMS
STROLLERS SIGNS OR BANNERS WRAPPED GIFTS
AUDIO AND VIDEO RECORDING DEVICES ANY OTHER ITEM DEEMED INAPPROPRIATE OR CHALLENGING TO PUBLIC SAFETY
If any prohibited items are revealed during search, the patron will be permitted to return to their vehicle with the items or they can dispose of the item before entry into the venue. The Pensacola Bay Center will not store any personal belongings or items of any type.
These enhanced security procedures are becoming commonplace in the entertainment industry. Pensacola Bay Center respects the privacy of its guests and the enhanced security measures will be used to prevent hazardous and prohibited items from entering the venue.