Edmonton's Rexall Place installing security gates with metal detectors

 

 
 
 
 
Security guard John Akle waves a metal detector over KaSandra Knox at Rexall Place on Sept. 9, 2015. Rexall Place is now equipped with walk-through metal detectors, which will be in operation for all NHL games for the 2015-16 season.
 

Security guard John Akle waves a metal detector over KaSandra Knox at Rexall Place on Sept. 9, 2015. Rexall Place is now equipped with walk-through metal detectors, which will be in operation for all NHL games for the 2015-16 season.

Photograph by: Larry Wong, Edmonton Journal

Oilers fans are being urged to leave the selfie sticks and pocket knives at home because they will have to pass through airport-style metal detectors at Rexall Place starting this month.

Some of the entrances will be equipped with the walk-through metal detectors on Sept. 16 for the Oilers Rookies game, and in full operation when the season starts Oct. 15.

Stuart Ballantyne, Oilers Entertainment Group senior vice-president operations, and Ian Sanderson, director of security, parking and safety for Northlands, answered a few questions about the new security feature. Their answers have been edited and condensed. Other answers are compiled from news releases and the press conference.

Q: Why were the metal detectors installed?

Ballantyne: This is an NHL mandate that we as a member club wanted to adhere to so we’ve made this installation a season earlier than maybe we would have wanted to. Some brought them in last year, but all NHL cities now have metal detectors installed for this season.

Q: What’s the procedure?

A: Once fans arrive at the metal detectors, personal belongings that may trigger the alarm should be removed and placed on the side table.

Q: What about bags?

A: Currently, all bags are checked and this will remain the case.

Q: What if the detector beeps?

A: Should the alarm sound, the fan will be directed to secondary screening which could include hand-held metal detectors and pat-downs.

Q: What can you tell fans concerned about long lines?

Ballantyne:  The key thing is to arrive earlier and understand that the less you have in your pockets, the easier it’s going to go through. It does move through fairly quickly, but if there’s a secondary search, that will slow the line up.

Q: What wait times are anticipated?

Ballantyne: We’ve got a standard we want to adhere to and we’re going to monitor to that but the reality is, we want to be