State Farm Center may add metal detectors

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - The State Farm Center may add walk-through metal detectors to improve security at arena events.

The News Gazette reports the metal detectors would be permanent and used for concerts, shows and athletic events.

Hand-held metal detectors are currently used by State Farm Center staff. They are only used to certain shows and crowds.

Staff does search bags at every entrance at every event.

This year, the university rolled out a new policy requiring all bags brought inside the area and Memorial Stadium to be clear.

The only exclusions are small clutch bags, diaper bags, and bags approved for medical needs. They all must still be searched by staff.