DES MOINES, Iowa -- Visitors that make their way down to Wells Fargo Arena this week will notice two things that haven’t been there before. Those items will be stiffer security measures and the NCAA Division I Volleyball Regional Final.
“I think all of this is a work in progress,” said Chris Connolly, general manager of the Iowa Event Center. “We will see the cause and effect. We will evaluate what we find and move forward.”
Enhanced security measures started at Wells Fargo Arena December 9th. These measures will be for all Iowa Energy home games.
“The first night went very well. We have done security wanding in the past,” said Connolly. "Our security team handled it smoothly. The fans didn’t mind it either. They appreciate the extra security measures.”
All game attendees will be screened using handheld magnetometers for every Energy home game in order to improve fan safety and guest experience, a shared goal between the NBA, the Iowa Energy and Wells Fargo Arena.
Energy fans are advised to bring only necessary items to the games to help expedite screening. Guests will be asked to remove all items from their pockets and place on provided tables or keep in hands. Large bags and backpacks are not permitted.
The new event fans are seeing for the first time in Des Moines is the NCAA Division I Volleyball Regional Finals.
“We’ve never had an event like this. This is a big time event,” said Connolly. “I think the biggest thing is learning how to handle the diversity of events. Volleyball is big in the Midwest, so we want to show these people what we can do.”
Connolly said that having events like this highlights even more what the city can do.
“We never hosted this. When we do things like hosting a NCAA regional it builds a great relationship with the NCAA,” said Connolly.