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Security tightened at Strathcona Gardens after violent weekend

After several disturbing incidents at the hockey arena last weekend, Storm fans will have to go through extra security before tonight’s game.

Last Friday, police were called to Strathcona Gardens for two separate incidents, one for a report of a youth with a handgun that turned out to be false, and another for a group of youths involved in an altercation with an adult.

Strathcona Gardens has now updated the screening process for large events. Patrons are recommended to arrive earlier than usual, as screening and inspecting people at the door may take extra time.

In a statement, Strathcona Gardens management says they are committed to keeping the Gardens family-friendly and safe, and appreciate the community’s patience while additional safety measures are put in place.

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Spectator Etiquette

The following safety measures are in place when entering the facility:

  • Patrons and their property may be subject to inspection upon entry to the facility.

The following may cause refusal of entry:

  • Impairment related to alcohol or drug consumption
  • Possession of alcohol, drugs or items deemed to be weapons
  • Abusive behaviour or language

Liquor is not to be consumed anywhere in the facility except for the designated beer gardens area in the mezzanine of the Rod Brind’Amour Arena, by adults who are 19 years and older, in accordance with BC liquor laws.

No smoking outside any facility doors or near air intakes. The Province of BC’s Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Regulation sets a six-metre area around any doorway, air intake, or open window to any public or workplace in which no one can stand and use tobacco or vapour products.

Skateboards, scooters, and bikes are strongly recommended to be left at home or kept outside the facility, due to safety concerns. Strathcona Gardens reception has bike locks available to lend out if needed.

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Animals are not permitted inside Strathcona Gardens, exceptions include guide, sign, and signal dogs to persons with disabilities.

Abuse, harassment, or discrimination will not be tolerated. Patrons will be escorted out of the facility if there is any fighting, threatening remarks or gestures, or obscene language to other patrons or staff.

Just a reminder to all, please watch your language and gestures. Obscenities in public are by nature offensive, no matter how free-spirited the atmosphere.

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