HOCKEY – New policies now in effect at Sandman Centre, including no re-entry

When fans go out to cheer on the Kamloops Blazers during their playoff run, they’ll face some new policies at Sandman Centre for all ticketed events. The no rules came into effect Friday (March 31, 2023).

There is no re-entry permitted during events. The new policy is the result of concerns about some fans over-doing alcohol consumption, including when they leave the arena during breaks.

Another rule under the policy changes is that two pieces of identification are now required for all alcohol purchases (one must be photo identification).

No outside food or drink will be allowed — security will be performing bag checks.

“These policies provide added safety and security measures for spectators, will assist in reducing ticket fraud, and will support staff in managing alcohol consumption, which will protect the facility’s liquor licence,” a City news release states.

“Our goal is to provide an enjoyable experience for all spectators and staff at Sandman Centre. We want residents to be prepared when they arrive at Sandman Centre for their next game or event,” said Sean Smith, the City’s business operations and events supervisor.

“If you plan on purchasing alcohol, please be sure you have the proper ID with you before you enter the building, as you will not be permitted to leave and return.”

Special accommodations may be made with site security for emergency situations.

“We know that these changes will be impactful to some residents, but overall, we hope that the community will be respectful of these changes and of staff. Let’s cheer on Kamloops Blazers as we play our way towards hosting the Memorial Cup in May,” Smith said.

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