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Canalside to kickoff first concert of summer season; new safety measures

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Wed, Jun 8th 2016 03:35 pm

Enhanced security procedures to be implemented at Canalside concerts and other major events

By Empire State Development

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. and Canalside are excited to kick off another summer concert season. With the new season comes new, enhanced event protocols that will be put in place at the free Thursday concert series and other major events at Canalside.

Beginning on Thursday, June 9, with the Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires concert, all visitors entering the venue will participate in a handheld magnetometer (wand) screening. The safety of Canalside guests is top priority and the new procedures will strengthen and standardize the security and public safety practices for the site.

Visitors attending the Thursday evening concerts throughout the summer at Canalside are encouraged to arrive early to ensure orderly entry into the concert. Gates open at 5 p.m. for VIP ticketholders with a new VIP entrance at Main and Perry streets. General admission opens at 5:30 p.m. with two entrances: Main and Marine streets and Main and Commercial streets.

All bags and person are subject to security inspection. The following information is designed to assist in expediting the entry process as Canalside prepares for the upcoming summer concert series.

Items that must be placed on the security inspection tables:

  • All metal

  • Bags (bag policy: only diaper bags and small purses/handbags are permitted)

  • Cell phones

  • Keys

  • Electronic devices

  • Backpacks

  • Chairs

Prohibited items at Canalside concerts

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Illegal drugs/drug paraphernalia
  • Fireworks
  • Glass containers
  • Outside food or beverage, including coolers
  • All professional video and photo cameras
  • Recording devises
  • Selfie sticks, tripods or monopods
  • Laser pointers
  • Air horns
  • Animals (unless a service animal)
  • Bicycles (within the secure perimeter)
  • Any item deemed inappropriate or dangerous by security

In addition, this season there will be new protocols regarding alcohol consumption.

Alcohol consumption

  • Any guest who is deemed intoxicated upon arrival will not be permitted to enter.
  • Anyone under the age of 21 who has alcohol on them will be ejected from the site.
  • Any adult who provides alcohol to somebody under the age of 21 will be ejected.
  • Staff may ask for proof of age from anyone wishing to purchase alcohol.
  • There will be a maximum of two beers sold to any one person.
  • Anyone whom staff believes to be intoxicated will be immediately ejected.

Canalside is a growing regional destination and entertainment district, situated on 21 historic acres along downtown Buffalo's emerging waterfront on the Buffalo River. Canalside earns its name from its storied past, when the Erie Canal Harbor was built in 1825 as the western terminus of the Erie Canal. Until five years ago, the land was barren and inaccessible, but the area has been reclaimed by the state's ECHDC and developed with millions of dollars in public and private investment.

With more than 1,000 yearly events and nearly 1 million annual visitors, Canalside is fast becoming a go-to place for in- and out-of-towners of all ages to learn, play and relax. For more information, visit www.canalsidebuffalo.com.

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