Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., in conjunction with City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and the Buffalo Police Department, will introduce several changes to its security and guest experience protocol at the free Thursday concert series and other major events at Canalside.
"The continued safety of Canalside guests is our top priority and the new procedures will strengthen and standardize the security and public safety practices for the site," ECHDC said in a press release. "There will be zero tolerance for any unruly individuals or those looking to cause trouble at the waterfront. Several measures will be taken - some immediately and some in the future - to increase public safety."
•Additional Buffalo police officers will be stationed at Canalside to assist Canalside's private security team in enforcement of rules.
•Buffalo Police Department will establish a substation at Canalside.
•Increased presence of Buffalo Peacemakers, an organization that provides guidance and mentoring to at-risk youth.
•Increased lighting to illuminate dark areas.
•Better control at site perimeters (e.g., double fencing).
•Enhanced security screening.
Also note the following changes to the concert and large event security policy that will be occurring over the next several weeks:
•Any patron who has been ejected and attempts re-entry will be charged with criminal trespassing.
•Gates close at 9:30 p.m. and no one will be allowed into the concert after that time.
•No backpacks will be allowed.
•As has been the case for all concerts and large events this season, all patrons are subject to security screening at the entry gates.
Items that must be placed on the security inspection tables:
Prohibited items at Canalside concerts:
In addition, this season there are new protocols regarding alcohol consumption.