More security possible at Fort Wayne’s Memorial Coliseum

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) More than a million people pass through the doors of the Memorial Coliseum every year. Soon, those people may see some extra security when they show up.

File photo of the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
File photo of the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Leaders at the Coliseum have asked the Allen County Council for $50,000 to cover metal detectors and scanning wands.

More and more, promoters are asking for metal detectors at events like games and concerts across the country. Because of the increased demand, it’s becoming more difficult for the Coliseum to rent the equipment when a promoter wants it.

Each council member agreed with the Coliseum staff, who said the equipment would make the building more promotable and the fans, safer.

“I think people have a sense when they see security whether it’s police officers or bag checks or metal detectors, people have a sense that the venue, the staff is doing what they can to ensure guests’ safety, and that’s what it’s all about.”

The details will be worked out next month and the equipment should be in place by August.

Brown said the metal detectors will add only a few seconds to the entry process.

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