NBA security policy requires screening, wanding of Bucks fans

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- What has been random is now required for all NBA games -- including those held at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

For the past season and a half, National Basketball Association (NBA) security policy has required random screening and wanding of all guests entering the BMO Harris Bradley Center for Milwaukee Bucks games and any NBA games.

Effective with the Wednesday, Feb. 20th Brooklyn Nets vs. Bucks game and for all Bucks games thereafter, the NBA is requiring that this security screening of every fan occur at every Bucks home game.

The policy assures a safe and friendly experience for all games for all of guests. Guests’ compliance and cooperation is appreciated.

A Bucks spokesperson says the measures do not come in response to any specific security problem nor concern. It simple involves joining the 29 other teams in complying with the NBA's mandate.

"We've been ramping up through the last few games, and the last few months, actually, getting ready for it and making sure we have a staff that's properly trained, and ready to do it right, and quickly. I think all of the sports leagues and all the public facilities are ever-vigilant about doing everything they can that's effective and provides a safe environment for their guests," said the Bucks' John Steinmiller.

To prevent any excessive waiting or long lines, it is suggested that guests arrive early and that any unnecessary items be left in their locked vehicles if possible, and that any bags or purses are open and ready for inspection when the screener position is reached. Keys and metallic objects should be held in their hand upon arrival.