Added security at Rentschler Field

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — As crews line Rentschler Field and get it ready for UConn Football versus Tulsa this weekend, officials are working to assemble new metal detectors.

In this day and age, Matt Davis says they can’t be too careful.

“Especially when you are talking about Rentschler Field, there a lot of people there,” he said. “And in today’s society with what went on in Nevada, that kind of thing. It is a really good idea.”

Security wanted to make it clear that the plan to put metal detectors at Rentschler Field and the XL Center has been in the works for a year.

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This week, they started going in.

The scanners can be set to different sensitivity levels and are very good at picking up weapons. It will not be like at the airport where you have to take off your shoes and belt. Keys, belts and wallets should go through no problem. However, it will alert on phones as well as cigarettes and gum because of the foil inside. Also, any boots with steel toes or shanks will set it off.

Security is asking you to leave as many of these items as you can in the car.

“You already know that you are going to get scanned in, so come in with your wallet and money to spend, because that’s what you’re going to do, and I think you’ll be all set,” Davis said.

Once the metal detectors have been set up at Rentschler Field, UConn says it will install them at the XL Center next for games there as well.

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