New Security Measures on Tap at AAC

By Amanda Fitzpatrick
|  Friday, May 6, 2011  |  Updated 3:22 PM CDT
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Basketball fans can expect additional security measures at Friday's playoff game at the American Airlines Center.

Omar Villafranca, NBCDFW.com

Basketball fans can expect additional security measures at Friday's playoff game at the American Airlines Center.

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American Airline Center officials are increasing security measures for Friday's playoff game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Signs outside the stadium warn fans that they can be randomly selected for screening. But following the death of Osama bin Laden, the NBA said everyone must be screened for all playoff games.

The Mavericks are recommending that fans arrive two hours early for Friday's 8:30 p.m. game.

The team released the following statement:

"The NBA has requested that all NBA teams heighten their security for the second round of playoffs and beyond. The Dallas Mavericks, in conjunction with American Airlines Center, have initiated extra security measures in and around the AAC. We are asking all fans attending Friday and/or Sunday’s games to take this into consideration and plan to arrive early. We thank fans in advance for their cooperation. "

Fans who plan to attend Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals said they welcome any additional security measures but also aren't worried about terrorist activity.

Businesses in Victory Park near the AAC will also experience increased security.

Matt Feldman, assistant manager of Victory Tavern, is already placing extra security measures in place.

"Some people just come around during the playoffs, so a lot of new faces that wouldn't normally come around -- if they don't feel safe, they won't return, and it’s good for business to have people come back," he said.

The streets in Victory Park will also be blocked, and valet will close once the game begins.

There will be additional off-duty police and security guards in place in and around Victory Park.

Dallas police are being tight-lipped about their plans for the game but said they plan to have extra officers on the street.

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