Xcel Energy Center announces new bag restrictions for concerts

The rules for Wild games now apply for all events at the arena.
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The Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul has announced that security restrictions for Minnesota Wild games will soon be in place for all events at the arena.

The Wild introduced new bag restrictions as part of efforts to enhance and streamline the security process last September, and the Xcel has now announced the same limits will apply for concerts and other events at the venue.

The new restrictions will go into effect beginning Oct. 15, and means you can only bring in the following bags:

  • Clear tote (plastic, vinyl or PVC) that does not exceed 12"x 6"x 12" or a plastic storage bag that is maximum one gallon, resealable and clear.
  • Small bags, such as a small clutch purse, that are approximately the size of a hand with or without a handle or strap, will be allowed but must not exceed 5"x 8".

Anyone who has bags bigger than this will have to leave them with the arena's drop-off service.

What's more, as of now, smokers will no longer be able come back into the arena after leaving for a cigarette.

In fact, re-entries will not be permitted for any reason, with "added security" cited as the reason.

"Xcel Energy Center is known for being passionate about creating the best experiences imaginable for our guests," said Xcel Energy Center Vice President and General Manager Jack Larson.

"We believe that these policy changes will help us promote an even safer and more enjoyable environment at our events."

The arena has also announced that starting Thursday when Blink 182 play the Xcel, some concessions and nonfood locations will only accept cashless payments, whether credit card, mobile payments, or gift cards.

This move, the Xcel says, is "aimed at creating faster moving lines and increased fan satisfaction."

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