Canalside to increase police presence at concerts; other new policies announced

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Officials are making a number of changes to security at Canalside during concerts and other major events.

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation says that there will be more police at events. Along with police, more members of the Buffalo Peacemakers, a group devoted to guiding and mentoring kids, will be at the events as well.

The presence of police will not only be increased with the number of officers though, as Buffalo Police plan to establish a substation at Canalside.

The site itself will go through additional changes. Officials plan to increase lighting in darker areas and better control Canalside’s perimeters with double fencing.

Getting into concerts will be somewhat different, as officials are implementing new policies for that too. Canalside concertgoers must leave all metal items like phones, keys and other electronic devices on a table for inspection when entering. In addition to those, bags and chairs also must be inspected.

Officials updated their list of prohibited items at Canalside. Items on the list include:

  • Backpacks
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Illegal drugs/drug paraphernalia
  • Fireworks
  • Glass containers
  • Outside food or beverage, including coolers
  • All professional video and photo cameras
  • Recording devices
  • Selfie sticks, tripods or monopods
  • Laser pointers
  • Air horns
  • Animals (unless a service animal)
  • Bicycles (within the secure perimeter)
  • Any item deemed inappropriate or dangerous by security

Canalside will also have a strict policy on alcohol. Anyone suspected of showing up drunk and being drunk during concerts will be turned away or ejected. Also, anyone under 21 found with alcohol will be ejected, as well as those who buy alcohol for minors.

Concertgoers will only be able to buy two beers each time they go to make a purchase.

Anyone who is kicked out of a Canalside concert and tries to get back in will be charged with criminal trespassing. Also, no one will be allowed to enter the venue after 9:30 p.m.

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