Blue Jackets Fans Face New Security Measures


UPDATED: Sunday January 27, 2013 4:12 AM

Lines to get in the door at Nationwide Arena are expected to be slower than they were in past seasons.

The National Hockey League has instituted new security measures requiring game sites to have fans submit to random searches and hand-held metal detectors.

"Like everything else, we just wanted to have some heightened security and continue to create the safest environment that we can," said Columbus Arena Management Chief Operating Officer Xen Riggs.

The delay brought by the tighter security was evident at the season home opener on Jan. 21. Anyone attending a game at Nationwide Arena was being advised to arrive earlier to allow for the screenings.

“We're not wanding everybody.  When the wander is done with one person, whoever happens to be there next is the next one selected.  So It's a completely random process,” Riggs said.

Fans who talked to 10TV News on Saturday at the game against the Chicago Blackhawks were understanding.

"I think at this point, nationally, especially being in a big city like Columbus, I think that we need to increase our security measures," Blue Jackets fan Katie Lyons said. "Especially at a time like this. I mean, really, you can't be too safe."

The NHL said the new steps were intended to ensure the safety of fans.

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