Duquesne upgrades game security
Metal detectors will be in use at Palumbo Center for all of Duquesne University men’s basketball games, beginning with the exhibition game tonight against Millersville.
The Duquesne athletics department is notifying season-ticket holders of the upgraded security program, which outlines guidelines for entering the arena.
“The goal is to provide enhanced security for fans attending the basketball games, and informing them ahead of time of the changes will hopefully ensure a smooth operation on the nights of the games,” university spokesperson Bridget Fare said Tuesday.
The move is part of an overall upgrade, prompted by the Sept. 17 shootings of five Duquesne players on campus. School officials have specified that the metal detectors will be in use only at men’s basketball games.
Fare said that, in an effort to efficiently seat fans, the school is suggesting they arrive a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes before game time. Fans must use the gate entrance indicated on tickets, and no re-entry will be permitted.
The Duquesne men’s team is scheduled to face Mercyhurst in its final exhibition game Sunday before opening the regular season against Youngstown State on Nov. 13 at Palumbo Center.
Individual and season tickets for Duquesne home games can be purchased through the university’s ticket office at 412-232-3853.
– By Dave Mackall