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PNC security remains tight following Boston tragedy

Posted April 20, 2013

Fans saw added security measures at Saturday's game.

Following the tragedy at the Boston Marathon Monday, big public venues have started looking more closely at security this week.

Fans that went to Saturday's Hurricane's game were some of the first to experience these changes. 

PNC General Manager Dave Olson says he met with his security staff less than 24 hours after the bombings in Boston to see how they can tighten security.

"If it's going to make us safer, then I don't have a problem," Olsen said.

All trashcans have been removed from outside the arena. During tailgating, trash bags could be found out front with a watchful eye not too far away. 

Upon entering the arena fans already have to get their bag checked, then go through a metal detector, and now it's not until they are completely cleared, that they will see a trash can. 

More security personnel will be working the upcoming games and new signs are also being posted throughout the building asking patrons to report if they see something suspicious.

Philadelphia Flyers fans were in town for Saturday's game. The heightened security measures are something all hockey fans can agree on. 

"Hockey fans unite and the country really unites. It is a good thing to protect and keep a safe environment and have fun," flyers fan Alex Engle said. 

The Hurricanes have just two home games left this season, but the higher level of security will continue into the concert season. 

 

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