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Fans At Pepsi Center Will Have To Pass Through Metal Detectors

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The Pepsi Center (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Pepsi Center (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

DENVER (CBS4/AP) – Tougher security is coming to the Pepsi Center starting with the first Colorado Avalanche preseason game next Wednesday.

Everyone will have to walk through a metal detector before getting inside. The policy will be in place for all sporting events and concerts and it will be the first professional sporting venue in the state to use them. In addition to the Avalanche, the Denver Nuggets call the Pepsi Center home, plus there are many concerts at the venue.

The decision came after the NFL tightened its security procedures starting this season. Fans are limited to bringing in a 12x6x12-inch clear plastic bag.

Jim Martin, the president of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, said the permanent magnetometers will improve safety and increase efficiency.

During the 2012-13 pro basketball season, the league required all patrons to go through bag checks and get checked with hand-held metal detectors.

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