Another layer of protection at The Ralph

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live)- The University Of North Dakota is working to keep their arenas safe this year with the help of new walk-through metal detectors.

Ralph Engelstad Arena announced today that new walk-through metal detectors will be used at all entry doors at Ralph Engelstad Arena and Betty Engelstad Sioux Center for the 2019-2020 season. The move is part of the venue’s efforts to improve fan safety.

In addition to all University of North Dakota home hockey games at Ralph Engelstad Arena, the walkthrough metal detectors will also be used at UND home volleyball matches, UND home men’s and women’s basketball games, and other events hosted in the complex on a case-by-case basis.

Fans will pass through the walk-through metal detectors on their way into the venue and then they will have their tickets scanned for entry into the event.

Tips for Expediting the Entry Process at Ralph Engelstad Arena and Betty Engelstad Sioux Center: - Arrive early - Leave all non-essential items at home or in your vehicle - Required to remove phones, keys, cameras, mace, pocket knives and large metal objects from pockets - NOT required to remove belts, jewelry, jackets, shoes, or caps - NOT required to remove coins, wallets, or any other small objects from pockets

For those with a mobility device or those unable to enter the walk-through metal detectors, an accessible entrance will be available where a hand-held metal detection wand will be used. Fans that do not submit to a reasonable search will be denied admission to the facility.

The venue’s bag policy remains unchanged, however, fans are strongly encouraged NOT to bring any unnecessary bags or purses with them to the facility. The maximum allowable bag size is 14” x 14” x 6”. All bags and purses are subject to a search when entering the facility. Any bag larger than 14” x 14” x 6” is prohibited and will need to be returned to a vehicle.