If you haven’t known by now, the NHL now mandates that everyone who enters any of the 30 arenas must pass through a metal detector before entering.
It used to be that you would get screened with a hand metal detector by security before entering the arena. Now, you are asked to enter through a magnetometer (similar to what you would go through at an airport checkpoint) before entering the arena. You will need to remove your phones, cameras, car keys, tablets, and bags to get through before entering the arena.
“It’s the trend of the industry,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a phone interview. “For better or for worse, we live in an uncertain world, and it has to be of paramount importance to us, the health and safety of our fans, and an extra precaution that might take an extra 30 seconds for each fan I think is more than worth it if it means you’re creating a safer environment for your fanbase. Overwhelmingly, the other leagues who have taken this step are pleased that they took it. It’s not without some frustrations from fans for delays and for lines. But I think at the end of the day the leagues are very satisfied and felt like they made the right decisions.”
In short, if you are headed to a game, go earlier than expected to accommodate time to get through the security checkpoint.