Hertz Arena upgrades security, makes changes to bag policy

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Aerial of newly painted Germain Arena in Estero taken 2018. Credit: Germain Arena

Hertz Arena plans to step up security at the venue starting January 1.

New security measures include walk-through metal detectors at all entry gates and restrictions on the type and size of bags allowed into the building for events.

A press release from Hertz Arena, formerly Germain Arena, says that fans will not be required to empty their pockets or remove any articles of clothing prior to walking through detectors.

Gates and doors will be open for events one hour prior to puck drop for hockey and 90 minutes prior to most other events.

Officials say that fans are not encouraged to bring bags to Hertz Arena, including backpacks, purses, briefcases, dufflebags and coolers and an express line will be set up at each entrance for fans without bags.

Those fans choosing to bring a bag to the Arena will be able to bring in the following:
• Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”.
• One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag of similar).
• Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap and does not exceed 4.5” x 6.5”.
• Diaper bags (with child) after inspection.
• An exception will be made for medically necessary items that cannot fit into a clear bag, after proper inspection.

Diagram courtesy of Hertz Arena.

Fans will be asked to return non-approved bags or other prohibited items to their vehicle prior to Arena entry. There is no check-in location for prohibited bags or items at the Arena.

All media representatives with necessary bags and equipment must enter the Arena at the media entrance to have each item inspected and tagged prior to entering the Arena.
Approved clear bags are available for purchase from the Hertz Arena Pro Shop, located at the Hertz #1 Club entrance to the Arena. Fans are reminded that a standard, one-gallon clear Ziploc-style storage bag is approved. Fans may also bring appropriately sized clear tote bags that they have previously obtained at other venues.

For a full list of prohibited items, please visit www.HertzArena.com.

Click HERE for a video demonstration on their new security enhancements.

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