Increased security could slow lines at First Niagara Center Thursday

The First Niagara Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres NHL hockey team, is shown along Lake Erie in Buffalo, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Before the Buffalo Sabres take the ice on Thursday, fans will have to go through additional security hoops.

Officials announced additional security measures on Wednesday, encouraging fans to show up early to Thursday’s highly-anticipated game.

The new measures include walk-through magnetometers at all entrances. In order to pass through the metal detectors, all fans will need to remove cameras and phones and put them on a security table before being admitted access.

Unlike metal detectors at airports, fans won’t need to remove shoes or belts, however First Niagara Center Officials asked guests to bring only what they’ll need to watch the game to the First Niagara Center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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