Van Andel Arena begins new security measures

The security team at Van Andel Arena goes through a briefing before an event on Sept. 6, 2017.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Wednesday night’s Kid Rock concert at Van Andel Arena marks the start of its new security measures.

The arena announced the security policy earlier this week, requiring all guests, contractors and vendors will need to use metal detectors when entering the front of the building.

As fans entered the arena Wednesday night, 24 Hour News 8 asked them what they thought of the new security measures.

“It’s going flawlessly. I mean they’re putting people through fast even with people at the door they seem to be moving them through every few seconds so it’s a good idea. It’s good to have security,” one fan said.

Others agreed that the extra measures are a good thing.

“So far so good. As long as I know I’m safe in there I don’t care I’ll stand in line all day long,” Elyse Thran and Shelby Psch said.

In addition to metal detectors, new bag restrictions are being implemented. Bags must be 14 inches by 14 inches by 6 inches or smaller. Backpacks are not permitted, but diaper bags and medical bags will be allowed into the arena.

All bags entering the venue will be searched.

The security team went through a security briefing in advance of Wednesday’s concert, a policy that will be implemented at every event at Van Andel Arena moving forward.

Van Andel Arena and Devos Performance Hall Marketing Manager Alison Goodyke said the new measures are being taken in order to stay in line with NHL policies.

“We’re going to be consistent, so there will be metal detectors at every concert and every family show and every hockey game,” Goodyke said. “When fans go to a Red Wings game and then they go to a Griffins game that it’s just consistent across the board.”

The arena is home to the Grand Rapids Griffins, the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.

Event attendees are encouraged to arrive earlier in order to allow time to get through the new security measures.