WDAY: FARGO, N.D. — When 3,200 people arrive at the Fargodome Wednesday night for the “Cinderella” musical, a few things will greet them in the lobby.
More than two dozen new metal detectors.
It will be a time-saver if you know what not to bring into the dome.
Fargodome general manager Rob Sobolik says it is a sign of the times.
Many entertainers and traveling shows now demand venues be equipped with metal detectors.
So, here they are, at all dome entrances.
The 30 detectors will operate much like those the TSA uses at airports.
“The big messages that we have to get out to the people are you, as the event attendee, play a pretty big role in how quickly you come through and get through security,” says Sobolik.
Know when you come to a dome event, there are a few things strictly prohibited: backpacks, along with weapons like guns or jackknives.
As you approach, you must put down your keys and phones before going through.
“Know what they need to leave in their vehicle,” says Bernie Larson with Fargodome Security. “We’re not in a position to keep track of people’s personal property, so it’s not a check-in type of situation, they will be asked to remove those items and bring them back out to their vehicle.”
In fact, in addition to weapons, the dome will now prohibit large purses and handbags, laptops, professional cameras, food, selfie sticks and noisemakers.
The good news is you don’t have to remove your shoes or belt when going through the detector.
The dome plans to use these Wednesday night as a way to ease into using the new security machines, before some of the larger concerts this spring.
They’ll spend the next weeks and months educating the general public about the new measures.
Ticket buyers will get emails alerting them of the new rules, as will tailgaters and Bison season ticket holders.
The detectors cost the dome about $150,000.
For a complete list of what not to bring and what is allowed in at the dome, visit the Fargodome website.