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KFC Yum! Center adding metal detectors this week

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Metal detectors will be installed Tuesday at all entrances to the KFC Yum! Center, including areas used by workers who set up concerts and other shows, arena officials said Monday.

The new security measures, which include bans on large bags and pocket knives, will be in place for Thursday night’s University of Louisville men's basketball game against Pittsburgh and the Madonna concert on Saturday.

Purses and other bags can’t be any larger than 14 inches long and deep and six inches wide. Fans will be asked to place metal objects in a bin before passing through the security stations, Yum! Center general manager Dennis Petrullo said.

In addition, fans should plan to arrive earlier to events and keep some items in their vehicles.

“If there’s things you really don’t need to enjoy an event, to watch the basketball game – you’re better off leaving it in the car,” he said. “But other than that it should not be that difficult for us to get everybody through the metal detectors.”

Petrullo, who briefed the Louisville Arena Authority at its board meeting Monday morning, said fans will be scanned with a hand-held wand if they set off a metal detector. People can hold their cell phones in front of them as they pass through security, he said.

In all, 30 detectors will be added at the building at Second and Main streets where the University of Louisville’s basketball teams play home games. The Yum! Center is among just two of more than 100 buildings managed by Los Angeles-based AEG Facilities that don’t have metal detectors, Petrullo said.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Petrullo said stadiums and arenas around the country increasingly are adding metal detectors, including all NBA buildings.

The Cincinnati Reds began installing the devices at Great American Ball Park in 2014 and had them at all entrances last year, said Rob Butcher, the Reds’ director of media relations. Since then, the stadium has had “no noticeable backups or issues,” he said.

The arena authority, a board appointed by Louisville’s mayor and Kentucky’s governor, approved spending $200,000 on the metal detectors and related equipment, such as floor mats and tables, Petrullo said.

He said AEG plans to add up to 40 more workers for arena events, Petrullo said.

In November, the Yum! Center lifted a ban on guns after the Kentucky Concealed Carry Coalition questioned whether the building’s policy was illegal. Individual promoters now decide whether to permit firearms at arena events.

U of L doesn’t allow guns at its events at the arena, including basketball games.

No promoter that has used or is scheduled to use the building has asked to allow firearms, Petrullo said.

Off-duty police officers are allowed to carry in their firearms but are asked to register their seat locations, he said.

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