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XU announces enhanced security measures for basketball games

Xavier has changed its entry procedures for fans attending men's basketball games at the Cintas Center this season.

CINCINNATI --- Xavier Athletics announced a change to the entry procedures for fans attending men’s basketball games at Cintas Center this season, following the trend across the country at other collegiate and professional sports venues. All fans entering Cintas Center, including at the main (south), east, west and loading dock entrances will be screened using handheld metal detectors.

“We have worked extensively on enhancing every aspect of the fan experience at Cintas Center,” said Xavier Athletic Director Greg Christopher. “Fan safety is at the top of our priority list and we’ve worked closely with Xavier police to develop a plan to ensure a safe environment.”

To help expedite entry, guests are asked to limit items brought into Cintas Center on game day, and all items and spectators are subject to search. Storage facilities are not available for checking prohibited items.

Fans will be alerted of items that need to be removed from pockets and placed in small bowls as a person is screened. Items include cell phones, large key rings, cameras and large metal objects.

The following items are prohibited: outside food and beverages, laser pointers, artificial noisemakers, weapons, inflatables, laptops, video recorders, monopods, tripods, selfie sticks, drones or any items deemed dangerous or inappropriate. Banners, flags and signs may be confiscated if determined to be inappropriate.

Cintas Center doors have and will continue to open 90 minutes before tip-off. We encourage fans to arrive well in advance of tip-off to account for any possible delays entering Cintas Center.

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