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New Security Measures Implemented at Pratt & Whitney and XL Center

Oct. 17, 2017

Providing a safe, engaging and fun environment for all fans is a top priority for UConn Division of Athletics and Spectra Venue Management Services at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field and XL Center.  For the 2017-2018 season, new security measures are being implemented to ensure the health and safety of all guests. 

Walk-through metal detectors will be installed at both Pratt & Whitney Stadium and XL Center for future UConn Athletics events.  Pending the installation, these new security measures could be in place Saturday at UConn's Football game vs. Tulsa.

These new security measures are in addition to the existing bag policy and prohibited items and are consistent with other universities and major sporting teams/venues in an effort to create safe environments.  

Fans are encouraged to allow for extra time to enter Pratt & Whitney Stadium and XL Center and to leave non-essential items at home by minimizing the number of personal items they bring and remove any items that may trigger the alarm before walking through the detectors.  Guests will need to empty their pockets into a bin but will not need to remove their belts or shoes. 

Bags smaller than 12" x 6" x 12" will be permitted inside. Patrons who have bags larger than the permitted size will be asked to return them to their vehicles or discard them. All bags, purses or personal items of any size are subject to search. An exception will be made for medically necessary items and diaper bags with an accompanied child after proper inspection. Over-sized and prohibited items are unable to be stored at either venue.    



Please find the complete list of prohibited items and more information on the bag policy at  Frequently asked questions can also be found below.  For questions, please contact UConn Fan Feedback online at, by email at or call 860-486-4712. 


Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I refuse to go through a metal detector? 
A: Yes, guests who opt to not go through the metal detector will be wanded, which may delay entry into the venues. 

Q: Do I need to remove my belt, shoes, and jacket?
A: Fans will not have to remove their belts, shoes and jackets. Our new state-of-the-art walk-through metal detection systems are able to account for certain personal belongings and will not trigger the alarm.

Q: Is there a line for fans that do not have bags or purses? 
A: Fans without bags or purses will have expedited entry through a designated and dedicated lines marked by signage at each venue.  

Q: How do the increased security measures affect fans with wheelchairs? 
A: Our metal detectors are wide enough to allow easy entrance into the venue. However, wheelchairs will likely trigger an alarm. If the alarm is triggered, the guest will be checked with a metal detector wand.

Q: I have a medical device that sets off metal detectors. What is going to happen to me at the gate?
A: If a medical device sets off an alarm, the guest will be checked with a metal detector wand. Our metal detectors will not have any adverse effect on medical devices, e.g. pacemakers, joint replacements, oxygen tanks, etc.