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Two Des Moines area venues have increased security measures for all upcoming events, according to representatives from each facility.
The Des Moines Civic Center introduced metal detection wanding and bag checks for all show-goers at Tuesday night’s opening show of the 2017-2018 Willis Broadway Series. Seven Flags Events Center in Clive announced on Oct. 3 it would implement pat down searches and metal detection wanding for all who attend an upcoming concert.
At the Civic Center, theater-goers Tuesday night were met with delays and long lines due to the added security. Des Moines Performing Arts communications manager Jonathan Brendemuehl said the organization encourages patrons to arrive early to accommodate the changes. The increased measures are expected for all upcoming Civic Center events.
Security delays caused Tuesday night’s showtime, for musical “Something Rotten!,” to start 14 minutes late, Brendemuehl said. The show, which kicks off a record year in season ticket sales for the Civic Center, runs through Sunday.
“We learned a lot last night,” Brendemuehl said. “We are improving our procedures as a result of that. I don’t anticipate that delay in the future.”
Prohibited items at Des Moines Performing Arts events include weapons of any type, oversized bags, outside drinks and noisemakers.
Seven Flags Events Center hosted roughly 2,200 people Tuesday night for a concert featuring Iowa hard rock act Stone Sour. The venue plans to welcome a sold out crowd of more than 2,700 people on Friday night for country act Luke Combs.
Seven Flags operations manager Ashley Hellrung said the venue would increase the number of security guards at each show, a decision that comes following the mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 2 that left 59 dead and hundreds more injured.
Bag checks will also take place, Hellrung said. In addition to weapons and large bags, items such as umbrellas and wrapped packages are prohibited from entering the venue.
“Any [bag] bigger than your standard 8x11 piece of paper is not OK,” Hellrung said.
Last month, Iowa Events Center added full-body metal detectors to Wells Fargo Arena. Organizers said the change, which affects all Wells Fargo Arena events, was not in response to a specific threat.