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State Farm Center increasing security protocols

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State Farm Center increasing security protocols

Fans hold up the flash lights on their phones for a light show before the game against Minnesota at State Farm Center on Saturday, February 4. The Illini lost 68-59.

Fans hold up the flash lights on their phones for a light show before the game against Minnesota at State Farm Center on Saturday, February 4. The Illini lost 68-59.

Austin Yattoni

Fans hold up the flash lights on their phones for a light show before the game against Minnesota at State Farm Center on Saturday, February 4. The Illini lost 68-59.

Austin Yattoni

Austin Yattoni

Fans hold up the flash lights on their phones for a light show before the game against Minnesota at State Farm Center on Saturday, February 4. The Illini lost 68-59.

By Jessica Bursztynsky, Staff Reporter

The State Farm Center will be adding new security restrictions for upcoming events, with regulations beginning at the Florida Georgia Line concert on Thursday.

Upon entry, security will now be using hand-held security wands on all guests. In addition, guests will be required to remove their hats and empty their pockets to be searched.

Additional screening may be requested by security officers and UIPD.

The new measures were a “coordinated effort” between the State Farm Center Security Staff and UIPD, according to the Tuesday press release.

The State Farm Center will be opening the doors to its events 90 minutes prior to its shows, in order to accommodate the new security measures.

The State Farm Center said these changes reflect a nationwide improvement by concert venues to improve guests’ safety and that policy changes are routinely examined and updated.

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