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New security measures to take effect at major Little Rock venues

Guests will now have to go through walk-through magnetometers before going to ticketed live performances at the First Security Amphitheater, Robinson Center, and Statehouse Convention Center. (KATV Photo)

The Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau is putting in extra security procedures at ticketed live performances at venues it manages starting this Sunday.

Guests will now have to enter walk-through magnetometers before going to the performances at the Robinson Center, First Security Amphitheater, and Statehouse Convention Center.

The bureau says only small bags or purses, with the maximum size of 14” x 14” x 6”, will be allowed at the venues and all bags will be searched.

The items not allowed at the events include: backpacks, bags larger than 14”x14”x6”, more than one bag, weapons, knives of any kind, pepper spray/mace, fireworks or pyrotechnics, outside food and beverage, flasks, coolers, drugs, illegal substances, skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles, helmets, beach balls, Frisbees, streamers, confetti, laptop/tablet computers, 2-way radios, cameras, laser pointers, flashlights, balloons, permanent markers, spray paint, noise making devices, audio or video recording devices (except cell phones and authorized media equipment), signs/flags/banners, selfie sticks, chains, spikes, and any other item that may be deemed by event organizers and/or staff as a potential safety or security threat. Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items.

The first event the new rules be used at will be the Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit concert at Robinson Performance Hall on Jan. 21.

“These new security procedures have become common practice in public assembly venues, and many promoters are requiring these type of security measures be in place,” said LRCVB President and CEO Gretchen Hall. “While there is no perfect system, patron safety is our number one priority and concern. We strive to ensure our patrons have an enjoyable and safe experience at events in our managed facilities."

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