Planning on attending an event at the Excel Energy Center?  Then you'll need to know about the new security policies that will be in effect starting October 15.  The changes are in regards to carry-in bag size and the ability to leave the venue and return.

According to Xcel Energy's website, here are the new security regulations:

Bags - only the following will be allowed:

  • Clear tote (plastic, vinyl or PVC) that does not exceed 12" x 6" x 12" or a plastic storage bag that is maximum one gallon, resealable and clear.
  • Small bags, such as a small clutch purse, that are approximately the size of a hand with or without a handle or strap, will be allowed but must not exceed 5" x 8".

Leaving the building:

  • Xcel Energy Center is a smoke-free facility and tobacco use of any kind is not permitted within the venue. This includes the use of electronic cigarettes, vaporizers or similar products. For added security, effective today the arena will discontinue permitting guests to leave the venue and re-enter for any reason, including smoking purposes.

The changes are being implemented to "enhance the fan experience and promote a safe and enjoyable environment for all guests, artists and employees."