Dayton against Indianapolis in an exhibition game on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at UD Arena.
Photo: David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Photo: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

UD Arena to have metal detectors at all entrances this season

Renovated arena opens to fans for the first time Nov. 1

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The University of Dayton announced Wednesday metal detectors will be used at all entrances, beginning with the first event of the new season Nov. 1, a Dayton women’s basketball exhibition game against Ashland. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. game.

The men’s team plays Cedarville in an exhibition game a day later. Doors open at 3 p.m. for the 5 p.m. game.

“The introduction of metal detectors adds another layer of protection for guests, participating teams and staff,” said Scott DeBolt, UD’s senior associate athletics director and executive director of UD Arena, in a press release. “Fans have likely experienced this added safety precaution when attending events at other facilities. This technology aligns our fan safety procedures with industry best practices.”

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UD asks guests with bags to be prepared to have them checked before walking through the metal detectors. Fans won’t be asked to remove belts, cell phones, coins, jackets, jewelry, watches, wallets, shoes or other small objects. UD also fans fans to limit items brought into the arena.

“The safety of our fans and teams is a top priority,” said Neil Sullivan, UD’s vice-president and director of athletics, in a press release. “This added layer of security has been added after consulting with industry experts, and in conjunction with campus and local agencies. We’re asking our fans for their patience and their partnership as we implement the metal detectors. We will make adjustments as needed to deliver the highest-quality experience for entering the Arena with the additional safety measures.”

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