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New security measures put in place at the Yum Center

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If you're headed to the game tonight, plan on getting there about 10-15 minutes earlier than usual, and leave your massive purse at home.

From U of L:

University of Louisville basketball fans will notice new security measures in place at the KFC Yum! Center beginning at Thursday's 9:05 p.m. men's basketball game against Pittsburgh.

As part of its continued commitment to security, AEG Facilities has implemented enhanced security measures at all of its events, including UofL basketball games.  All patrons will be required to pass through new metal detectors which are now in place at each of the arena entrances.  As usual, doors will open one hour prior to women's basketball games and 90 minutes prior to men's basketball games and most other arena events.  Fans may wish to allow extra time for building entry.  Individuals should hold their own ticket when entering the arena.

To make entering the facility as quick and convenient as possible, individuals should please take all metal items out of their pockets, and place them into one of the containers located on the tables.  Have all appropriate sized bags open and ready for visual inspection.  Please have coats and jackets unzipped and remove all hats.  All non-permitted items must be discarded or returned to one's vehicle.  Non-permitted items include but are not limited to weapons, large umbrellas, outside food and drink, backpacks and bags bigger than specified size.

In alignment with the policies at several sports venues around the United States, including all NBA arenas, the KFC Yum! Center will also require that purses be no larger than 14 x 14 x 6 inches.   Backpacks and briefcases remain prohibited.

The KFC Yum! Center respects the privacy of its guests and the enhanced security measures will only be used to prevent hazardous and prohibited items from entering the venue.

"The safety of each guest who enters the KFC Yum! Center is our top priority at all of our events and we believe that these additional security measures will help us maintain a safe atmosphere for our fans and downtown Louisville as a whole," said KFC Yum! Center General Manager Dennis Petrullo. "These procedures are just one part of our larger security planning efforts that includes constant collaboration with the Louisville Metro Police Department and various other entities."