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Metal Detectors Coming To Arena Early Next Year

November 15, 2018 GMT

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Walk-through metal detectors will be in place at Mohegan Sun Arena for all events by early 2019, according to arena General Manager Brian Sipe.

The Luzerne County Convention Center Authority board on Wednesday approved a bid for $76,000 from security firm CEIA USA to install metal detectors at arena entrances.

The authority board in July voted to seek bids for the project, designed to improve security at the busy arena that hosts professional hockey games, concerts, conventions and other events.

At the time, board Chairman Ed Harry said security at arenas and stadiums has become a pressing issue in light of recent acts of violence in public spaces. Also, the authority’s insurance carrier recommended the arena install metal detectors, he said.


While three companies expressed initial interest, only CEIA USA submitted a bid on time. One bid was submitted past the deadline, while the third company never submitted a formal bid, board members said.

The board had estimated the project would cost about $75,000.


According to the CEIA USA website, the company’s mission “is to sell, distribute and service the world’s most advanced technology in electromagnetic fields ... to the federal government, state and local governments and corporations.”

The authority board also heard an update on the condition of board solicitor Joseph Persico, who was injured in a wrong-way head-on crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Carbon County on Nov. 6. Paul R. Gerrity, 50, of Scranton, was killed in the crash.

Attorney Murray Ufberg, a partner in the law firm Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, told the board Persico is recovering from his injuries.

“I have had conversations that make it clear he is recovering, physically,” said Ufberg, who served as solicitor in Persico’s absence.

Also on Wednesday, the board tabled an agenda item related to the extension of an agreement with the arena’s management company, SMG Holdings Inc., which was acquired by Canadian private equity firm Onex Corporation last December.

The board also held an hour-long executive session related to potential litigation issues.

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