In keeping with recent developments in live event security around the country, the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center will be rolling out new security measures this coming weekend, including walk through metal detectors.

“The addition of walk through metal detectors at venues such as ours is something that more and more promoters have been requesting,” says Terry Torkildson, General Manager of the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

The metal detectors provide a more thorough scan of patrons for prohibited items than hand-held wands and are also less time consuming. Torkildson says the fan experience at upcoming PREMIER Center events will be similar to what people have already been experiencing at professional sports stadiums and arenas across the country.

This weekend’s Sioux Falls Storm game on April 30 will be a test run for the new walk through metal detectors. Going forward, the detectors will be used at most touring events. Doors will open 90 minutes before most events to help provide adequate time for guests to pass through the security checkpoint.

Bag restrictions are also changing. Visual inspections of bags will continue, but size of bags acceptable is changing. Patrons may bring in bags that measure no larger than 13’’ x 15’’. There will be an express lane for people who don’t have bags that need to be inspected. There will also be a wheelchair accessible line.

“The most important message we can communicate to ticket holders is to plan to arrive early,” Torkildson says. “For big events we have more than 10,000 people arriving within about a 60-minute timeframe, and the earlier you can get here, the better your chances are of being in your seat when the event starts.”

For a list of prohibited items and other security policies, click here.