New metal detectors are now installed at CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

Metal detectors are in place at the CenturyLink Center, and they’ll be in use for the first time prior to Saturday’s Kid Rock show.

Arena doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7:30 show.

Spectators should expect slightly different security procedures and possibly a longer process — at least at first.

On Saturday:

  • Concertgoers will line up outside the arena doors.
  • Fans will be asked to remove metal objects from their pockets before passing through detectors.
  • Fans will walk through metal detectors — there are 50 at the arena.
  • Lights will alert security when a spectator needs to be searched more closely.
  • Only clear plastic tote bags or one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags are allowed in the arena.
  • Clutch-sized purses or wallets smaller than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches are also allowed after screening.

The metal detectors were installed last week. Staff was trained on the new equipment and procedures in the time since.

Security checks may take longer than fans have experienced previously, but arena staff expects the metal detectors to speed up security processes after a slight learning curve.

After Saturday’s show, the next event at the arena is the NCAA men’s basketball Midwest Regional semifinals and finals on March 23 and 25.

Reporter - Entertainment/music/concert

Kevin Coffey covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally cover other entertainment. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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