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ESA Tightens Security, Cancels Event In Wake Of Terrorist Attacks

Posted September 19, 2001

— When the

Carolina Hurricanes

took to the ice against the Florida Panthers in Tuesday night's pre-season game, there were a lot of changes in the team's lineup. There will also be changes when the Canes return to the

Entertainment and Sports Arena

for Saturday's home opener: Security changes.

"So if people are bringing packages or briefcases or boxes or backpacks, we'll ask them to open them and let us search them, and if somebody wears an overcoat and it's 80 degrees outside, we'll inspect that too," says Hurricanes President Jim Cain.

More arena security personnel and more Raleigh police officers will be on duty inside and out of the ESA. They will also conduct a complete sweep of the arena before fans arrive.

While the new security plan is in place, and most people will not even notice the changes, security concerns have caused at least one major event to be canceled.

Peter Lowe's SUCCESS Seminar, which packed the arena the last time it came to town, is canceled.

"We had a pretty impressive line-up [for the seminar] with Mikhail Gorbachev, for example. I think they were a little concerned about the process of bringing someone like that over here and not so much security here in the building, but the process of getting someone like that here from Russia made them a bit concerned," says Cain.

The ESA staff is taking the threat to our national security seriously. That means tightening arena security for all events it hosts.

Anyone with tickets to the

SUCCESS seminar

should call

800-444-9366

for refund information.

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