After Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, Verizon Center will feature tightened security for upcoming events, beginning with Tuesday night’s game between the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Fans are already subject to wanding and having their bags searched upon entry. But more visible and covert security will be present after three people were killed and more than 170 wounded by two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
“As a result of yesterday’s events in Boston and after consulting with local law enforcement officials, Verizon Center security will be enhanced for upcoming events,” team and arena officials said in a joint statement. “We regularly consult with the Metropolitan Police Department, FBI, Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Department of Homeland Security, and our standard policy of bag searches and security wanding will continue at the entrances.
“We also will institute measures that will be readily visible to the public as well as some that are not, but all will add to the safety and security of our patrons. The safety of our fans and guests always has been and will continue to be our top priority.”
Fans attending should give themselves more time to get through the games. Puck drop is set for 7:10 p.m.
Verizon Center has a capacity of 18,506 people for hockey games. The next four events at the downtown D.C. arena are Caps games.