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Sabres, NHL change security procedures at arena entrances

The NHL and the Sabres have changed the way they welcome fans to the arena, as Buffalo ticket-holders will learn Wednesday night at the preseason home opener.

Walk-through metal detectors will be in place at all entrances to First Niagara Center, part of a league-wide initiative to strengthen and standardize security procedures. The Sabres previously used wands to check for prohibited items.

Fans with bags, cell phones, electronic devices or cameras will need to place the items on security inspection tables prior to walking through the metal detectors. Keys, coins, wallets, jackets, belts, shoes, watches and jewelry can be kept on the patron’s person.

The only bags permitted are small purses, handbags, camera cases and diaper bags. Backpacks, duffel bags, luggage and coolers of any size are prohibited.

The Sabres say the following items are also prohibited in First Niagara Center: outside food or beverages, video cameras, selfie sticks, tripods, weapons, laser pointers, air horns and animals, aside from service animals.

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