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Metal Detectors Will Be Installed at XL Center

Jan. 11, 2018

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 XL Center.  New metal detectors are scheduled to be in place prior to the UConn men’s hockey game on January 18 and during future UConn athletics events at XL Center, including the men’s basketball game versus Villanova Saturday, January 20. 

Fans are encouraged to allow for extra time to enter 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. 

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 XL Center venue. 

Please find the complete list of prohibited items below and more information on the bag policy at THIS LINK

Frequently asked questions can also be found below.  For questions, please contact UConn Fan Feedback online at, by email at or by calling 860-486-4712.



Prohibited Items
All items brought into the arena are subject to inspection. For safety reasons the following list of items are not permitted in the arena:

  • Weapons/chains

  • Bags, backpacks or briefcases

  • Food and/or beverages

  • Alcoholic beverages, drugs or other illegal substances

  • Laptop computers and/or tablets

  • Audio, video, professional cameras, cameras with detachable lenses, video cameras or recording devices of any kind

  • Drones

  • Sticks or poles of any size

  • Selfie sticks

  • Golf umbrellas

  • Laser pointers or similar items

  • Artificial noisemakers

  • Glow sticks or any kind of glow jewelry

  • Large banners

  • Inappropriate attire or signage

*All ITEMS brought into the arena are SUBJECT TO SEARCH

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: 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.