Security tightened for Lightning game at Amalie Arena

Security tightened for Lightning game at Amalie Arena (Image 1)

Fans headed to the Amalie Arena to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning try to sweep the Montreal Canadians, should prepare for a little more time going through security.

At game 3 of the second round of the playoff’s a St. Petersburg man was arrested for having a gun inside the arena.

Lucas Cassidy, who has a concealed weapons permit, dropped the gun in a bathroom and another game attendee spotted it and reported him.

Cassidy went through security, and the metal detector noticed something. But when security asked him to empty his pockets, he only pulled out keys. That security worker then allowed to go into the arena without sending him back through security.

Tonight before the game, all security personal will have to go through more training and security may take longer when Bolts fans arrive.

Lightning executives said this NHL season (through May 5) more than 800,000 people attended 48 games at Amalie. They confiscated about 839 knives, 23 firearms 190 alcohol items and 390 mace/pepper sprays.

Amalie takes the items, if patrons don’t want to throw them away or return the items to their cars.

Cassidy, was released on his own recognizance and fully cooperate with Tampa Police. He’s now charged with with bringing the gun to a sporting event . It is a second-degree misdemeanor.

News Channel 8 stopped by his home today. He said he didn’t want to release a statement.

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