How to deal with increased security, bag checks, and check stops at the Calgary Stampede

Jul 5 2016, 10:13 pm

The 2016 Stampede is beefing up security.

Last year’s stabbing, as well as other incidents, have led to more security staff onsite in 2016 to keep an eye on things.

The increase in security, according to Stampede security official Paul Burrows, is “in response to all sorts of different incidents, from low-level to police matters as well. Just the more eyes and ears out there to help our guests.”

And if you’re drinking, be responsible. Staff will be conducting checkpoints to combat drunk driving throughout the Stampede week.

In addition to a larger security team, Stampeders may be asked to open their bags at checkpoints. If a disallowed item is found (alcohol, weapons, etc.), patrons may be asked to place it in their car or take it back home. You can also choose to leave it with security.

Of course, you don’t have to submit to a bag check. It just means you won’t be allowed inside the park.

Also present will be the Stampede’s CCTV network and weather monitoring system.

“Typically our summer storms are short-lived, but they can be pretty intense,” said Burrows. “Our weather monitoring systems on park include our own lightning detection and storm tracking system, access to Doppler radar as well as site-specific forecasting. Probably one of the most important tools we have is a direct line to an on-duty meteorologist.”

What not to bring:

  • Knives
  • Booze
  • Guns
  • Ice picks
  • Pocket knives
  • Your own horse
  • Anything you wouldn’t bring on an airplane

What’s okay to bring:

  • Snacks
  • Rain poncho
  • Water
  • Change of clothes

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