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New CenturyLink Center metal detectors in place as tournament nears

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OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - If you're planning a trip to the CenturyLink Center this week to watch college basketball, you may notice something different as you walk through the doors. New metal detectors are now in place with a new feature designed to keep you and your family safe.

"The world has changed today," said Roger Dixon, the president of the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority.

The detectors were installed about two weeks ago.

"The first test was last weekend for Kid Rock. We had 11,000 of his close friends come through."

Dixon told FOX 42 News Tuesday once you get to the CenturyLink Center there will be 50 metal detectors inside. On those metal detectors, are what are called zone lights. Security personnel will know exactly where to search you if an alarm goes off.

"It's to make sure that people aren't bringing in something they shouldn't be bringing in."

Dixon says he believes the test was a success, but that doesn't mean there's no room for improvement.

"We don't want a penny in your pocket to set them off."

He expects long lines for the NCAA tournament games and encourages anyone planning to attend to plan accordingly.

"Get here early."

A spokesperson for MECA tells us you should treat the new metal detectors like you're at an airport. You'll want to remove anything from your pocket to increase your chances of getting through faster.

The new equipment came with a price tag of about $250,000. We're told it was paid for by MECA and not taxpayer money.

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