Increased security at Canalside Concert series

Posted at 6:33 PM, Jun 08, 2016

The stage is set for Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires at Canalside on Thursday.  Officials say 10,000 could show for the kick off of the Canalside Concert series, and they want to make sure everyone's safe.

New this year, there will be two concert entrances where security guards will be using a wand to detect any metal or weapons you may be carrying. They will also be searching all belongings. So, organizers recommend leaving your bigger bags at home. 

Naturally, weapons aren't allowed at the concerts. Here’s a list of other prohibited items: 

  • Illegal drugs/drug paraphernalia
  • Fireworks
  • Glass containers
  • Outside food or beverage, including coolers
  • All professional video and photo cameras
  • Recording devises
  • Selfie sticks, Tripods or Monopods
  • Laser pointers
  • Air Horns
  • Animals (unless a service animal)
  • Bicycles (within the secure perimeter)
  • Any item deemed inappropriate or dangerous by security

In addition, this season there will be new protocols regarding alcohol consumption.

  • Any guest who is deemed intoxicated upon arrival will not be permitted to enter.
  • Anyone under the age of 21 who has alcohol on them will be ejected from the site.
  • Any adult who provides alcohol to somebody under the age of 21 will be ejected.
  • Staff may ask for proof of age from anyone wishing to purchase alcohol.
  • There will be a maximum of two beers sold to any one person.
  • Anyone who staff believes to be intoxicated will be immediately ejected.

Canalside reps say the changes are in line with security at other major venues in buffalo like the First Niagara Center and Ralph Wilson stadium. “It's today's atmosphere, said Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation President, Thomas Dee. “Security is big all around and we're just trying to keep current and make sure nobody gets hurt.”

Gates for the concert open at 5:00 pm for VIP and 5:30 pm for the public. 7 Eyewitness News is a proud sponsor of the concert series.