Metal detectors to be installed at Pepsi Center

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The Pepsi Center.

DENVER — The Pepsi Center will install metal detectors before the Colorado Avalanche pre-season game on Sept. 18.

Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, which owns the building, said the walk-through metal detectors will be in use for all future games and concerts, said spokeswoman Meghan Webking.

“It is a top priority at Pepsi Center to make our fans and concert attendees feel safe inside our walls,” said Jim Martin, president and chief executive officer at Kroenke Sports & Entertainment in the release. “We believe that installing (detectors) will only improve our already quality safety procedures and further ensure that security screenings are executed as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

The Pepsi Center will be the first Colorado professional venue to install permanent detectors.

In the statement, Webking said the Pepsi Center has used detectors at previous high-profile events including the Democratic National Convention and the NBA All-Star game.

Last year FOX31 Denver investigative reporter Heidi Hemmat tested security at stadiums in Colorado including the Pepsi Center.

Hemmat was able to bring a fake metal gun in a purse into the Pepsi Center, Sports Authority Field at Mile High and Coors Field.

At the time, the Pepsi Center was suing hand wand metal detectors, which failed to find the fake handgun.

Webking said the hand-held metal detectors are not as effective as the walk-through versions.

“Searches tend to take longer and slow patrons’ entrance into the venue,” Webking said. “In an effort to reduce waiting time for patrons entering the venue, KSE decided the install the (walk-through detectors) to ensure that the necessary security screenings are thorough, effective and timely.”

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