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:
Bags (bag policy: only diaper bags and small purses/handbags are permitted)
Prohibited items at Canalside concerts
In addition, this season there will be new protocols regarding alcohol consumption.
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.