MVP Arena (formerly Times Union Center) continually reviews its security systems and procedures.

As a result of these ongoing reviews, and with the goal of continuing to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for our guests, tenants, and co-workers, MVP Arena has added numerous procedures and security measures to its existing comprehensive security program.

Some of these additions will be visible to guests, including an increased presence of security and law enforcement, while others will go unnoticed. All changes have been implemented as normal, permanent operating procedure.

Guests attending MVP Arena events are advised that bags, backpacks, luggage, coolers, parcels, briefcases, and like articles will be strictly prohibited from the facility. Further, no knives of any kind will be allowed, nor will any weapon of any kind be permitted on the premises.

All guests will be subject to search, at MVP Arena's discretion, of their person and/or possessions (including women's handbags of normal size, which may be allowed entry after such search). Patrons with prohibited articles will be turned away at the entrances, and no storage or "check-in area" will be provided for such items.

Enforcement will be without exceptions. MVP Arena management is confident that these added precautions are prudent and will be welcomed and understood by our guests.

As of December 12, 2015, MVP Arena will be using the following security procedures for all events presented at the arena:

  • Walk-thru metal detectors will be used at all entrances of the facility. Similar to procedures used at the airport, all patrons will walk through a metal detector prior to gaining access to the arena. If needed, security will perform pat downs on patrons in addition to the metal detectors.
  • Bags that are larger than 13 5/8" x 15 1/4" will not be permitted through the security zone.
  • Cell phones will be permitted but no cameras will be allowed inside. Professional lenses are prohibited.

Patrons should plan to arrive earlier than normal to allow for this enhanced security process.