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INTRUST Bank Arena Implements Security Enhancements

Monday, February 1st
INTRUST Bank Arena Implements Security Enhancements

Wichita, KS (Feb. 17th) - The SMG-managed INTRUST Bank Arena announced today security enhancements that are being implemented immediately to increase the level of safety provided to its patrons and employees. These new enhancements include walk-through metal detectors at every arena entrance for all events. The walk-through metal detectors will be in place beginning with the Barry Manilow concert this Friday, Feb. 19.The arena started the process of wanding and bag searching, and also implemented a bag policy, at the Taylor Swift concert in August of 2013. The implementation of walk-through metal detectors as an enhanced security procedure is becoming commonplace in the concert industry and Live Nation, the world's largest concert promoter, has advocated for the new guidelines. Besides INTRUST Bank Arena, BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. and KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Ky. presently implement these measures and concert goers nationwide at most non-professional sports venues can expect to see additional security measures in the near future. “The safety of our guests as well as our employees is of the utmost importance to us,” said SMG General Manager, A.J. Boleski. “We strive to be leaders in the industry and strongly believe this enhancement to our security measures will keep safety as a top priority while also enhancing the guest experience at INTRUST Bank Arena.”INTRUST Bank Arena has previously utilized metal detectors once before at the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concerts in December 2015. Based on this experience, Arena officials do not expect any additional delays during ingress with the transition from wanding to walk-through metal detectors. However, fans are always encouraged to arrive early to upcoming events to allow enough time for parking and the ingress process. INTRUST Bank Arena respects the privacy of its guests and the enhanced security measures will only be used to prevent hazardous and prohibited items from entering the venue. As a reminder, the Arena's bag policy does not permit bags in excess of 16” long by 8” wide by 12” high inside the venue. For a full list of prohibited items, please visit www.intrustbankarena.com. About INTRUST Bank Arena INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita's premier entertainment venue, is located in downtown Wichita. The Arena can seat more than 15,000 guests and hosts a variety of events including professional and collegiate sports, concerts, family shows and corporate functions. INTRUST Bank Arena is owned by Sedgwick County Government, and managed by SMG, the world leader in venue management, marketing and development.About SMG Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 240 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston's NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information, visit www.smgworld.com.