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Policy changes at the Blue Cross Arena

Sep 18, 2018

Credit Alex Crichton

The Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial, along with Pegula Sports and Entertainment, are announcing some major policy changes at the downtown venue.

It will now be a completely smoke-free facility, and there will no longer be any designated smoking areas on the property and fans won't be permitted to smoke on the premises.

The smoking restriction also applies to electronic tobacco products, too.

The arena will also start using metal detectors and fans will be subject to hand-held metal detector screenings for all events.

There are also new restrictions on what bags people can bring to the venue. 

Only personal bags, such as medical bags or diaper bags and purses will be allowed.

Backpacks, coolers, duffel bags and briefcases are strictly prohibited.

Vice President of Business operations for the Amerks and the arena, Rob Minter, released a statement:

“We strive to make it a priority every season to improve the overall safety of our fans while providing the best experience possible.  Having these new policies in place, in addition to the ongoing improvements within the venue, will allow us to accomplish both as we enter yet another exciting season in downtown Rochester.”

Arena management last week announced $18 million worth of improvements are coming to the 63-year old arena.