CHARLESTON, W.Va. — People attending the 2018 Boys State High School Basketball Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center this week can expect to go through a metal detector as they enter the building.
The boys tournament is this Wednesday through Saturday.
Metal detectors were used last week for the girls tournament.
“Most of the folks coming in were aware of what they could and couldn’t bring in so we didn’t have any problems holding up the lines,” said Civic Center General Manager John Robertson.
A larger crowd is expected this week. Robertson said they’ll have security on hand to make sure people enter the building safely.
“Usually on the boys you have a much larger crowd then you do typically on the girls, so we’ll beef it up with some more folks. We expect to do just about the same thing that we did last week,” he said.
The Civic Center has used metal detectors previously at big event. Robertson said it gives people allows people to feel safe.
“I think it gives everybody a sense of comfort in knowing that efforts have been made to ensure their safety,” he said.
Guests are not allowed to bring in weapons or knives of any kind, selfie sticks and large bags, to name a few.
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