Verizon Center Security Increased Even Before Paris Attacks

Posted November 20, 2015

(Caps Outsider)

Security was tight Thursday at Verizon Center as the Capitals hosted the Dallas Stars. Loyal fans waited patiently to pass through metal detectors and have their bags searched to be cleared to enter the sold-out event. An increased police presence was also visible outside the arena and, as usual, 7th street was blocked off so no vehicles could pass the front entrance.

“The metal detectors are new this season, not specifically for tonight’s game,” said a Monumental Sports and Entertainment spokesperson. “The NHL strongly encourages it. At Verizon Center we use them for everything now — Caps and Wizards games, and concerts, too.”

Fans thought it was a good idea to have increased security, especially in light of the recent terrorist attacks overseas and threats made against the United States.

“The security looks good and quite adequate given the recent events and lunatics at large, ” said Greg R. from Silver Spring, Md. “It’s my first game this season and I definitely think it’s necessary.”

Anna D. from Manassas, Va. also thought the added security was necessary. “It’s a good thing and it makes me feel safe,” she said.

Judging from the packed house and the cheers from the crowd, nothing could dampen fans’ spirits and detract from rocking the red.