PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — When 13,000 fans pour into the Dunkin’ Donuts Center for the NCAA tournament games this weekend, they will experience security changes that have been put into effect over the past year.
Nearly 100 knives have already been confiscated from the new metal detectors installed last month.
“Some of them are not illegal, but we don’t allow any knives,” warned General Manager Lawrence J. Lepore.
Lepore admitted this is a more aggressive measure than in the past, but terrorism is a growing threat.
“We have to secure the events with the NCAA,” he explained. “A lot of things with the state police and Providence police worked on, and those things are in place to make sure we have a safe event.”
Lepore said other serious security measures could not be publicly discussed.
The NCAA also doesn’t allow for the advertisement or sale of alcohol, even advertisements will be covered up.
On top of the new security measures, the court at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center will also feature new floor boards for the players.
With thousands of people heading into Providence this weekend, the city has put a number of street closures and detours in place.