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Increased security measures at Predators games


On Tuesday night as hockey fans lined up to enter the Bridgestone Arena the set up out front was a little different than in predators games past.

Fans were greeted by ushers, using handheld security wands to scan for possible concealed metal objects.

This new security practice is slowly being implemented at Predators games as part of a mandatory NHL mandate.

Ushers will continue to check bags as they've been doing, but eventually everyone who attends a hockey game will also be scanned as they enter the arena.

Many fans have no problem with it.

"It doesn't bother me, it just makes me feel safer that I know that nothing's in there that isn't supposed to be in there," Billy Johnson told Nashville's News 2.

Anna Smedley added, "Anytime where you can go somewhere and feel safe, it makes you feel better so it wasn't a hassle for me it all."

It's a safety measure many other professional sporting events have already had in place.

While some fans are used to showing up just before face off, they may want to allow a few extra minutes to get through security.

"I definitely don't want to miss the game so I'll do whatever I need to do to get scanned in and get in there," Smedley said.

"It's like anything else safety sometimes slows it down but in the end it's always a better thing for everybody," season ticket holder Jim Riberdy said, "They're just going to have to be patient."

This new safety practice isn't just happening in Nashville, it's happening at NHL games in other cities.

There are four more home games left at Bridgestone Arena in the regular season.

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