Erie Insurance Arena Enhances Safety Measures for Patrons

Permanent walk-through metal detectors have been installed at the 8,000 seat Erie Insurance Arena to improve safety for all patrons. The Security enhancement, along with other updates behind the scenes such as additional cameras and monitoring systems, are consistent with a nationwide trend at public assembly facilities. The eight metal detectors will be fully operational starting July 29, 2017 for WWE and will be standard operating procedure for anyone entering the building during an event.

For the protection of all Erie Events patrons: bottles, cans, flasks, backpacks, weapons of any kind, dangerous or unlawful materials are prohibited in the Erie Insurance Arena. In order to increase the efficiency of these machines and to create a positive experience for everyone, patrons are asked to keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Arrive early.
  • Limit the amount of personal items brought into the venue to expedite the screening process.
  • Leave all weapons at home. Weapons may include, but are not limited to, firearms, pocket knives, pepper spray and wallet chains.
  • No detachable lens cameras will be permitted.
  • Once in the screening area, make sure you have your ticket in hand. Place purses, cell phones, keys and any other objects on the screening table and walk through the metal detector when instructed. Erie Events security employees will assist all patrons with the new process and accommodate those with special needs.

For additional information on security measures and prohibited items at the Erie Insurance Arena, please visit


Champions of Magic – October 20 – Warner Theatre

The 5 world-class illusionists that make up the Champions of Magic come to the USA for the first time following four years touring the UK with sold out shows, rave reviews and a run in London’s West End.

With more than 20 million online views between them, this cast of Britain’s top magicians includes international award winners presenting incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions. Their skills have been seen around the world on TV with appearances on the CW’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”, CCN’s “A Quest for Magic” and NBC’s “Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon.”

Witness the impossible, including disappearances, levitation, teleportation and a heart stopping finale, all presented with lighting and special effects to rival the biggest theatrical spectacles.

Described by the British Press as “a spectacular family show” (Heart FM) and “slick, clever, funny and amazing” (Hereford Times) Champions of Magic has been seen by thousands across the UK and in the Fall 2017 US audiences will get their first chance to see why British fans return to see the country’s biggest touring illusion show time and time again.

The Sussex Newspaper said “Quite simply, mind blowing. I urge you to quickly get whatever tickets are still available because Champions of Magic is a show that has to be seen to be disbelieved…five stars!”

The Western Mail declared “Move over David Blaine, there’s a host of new magicians in town. With a live video feed, fiery pyrotechnics and stunning lighting, the show is an immersive experience in the art of magic.”

The Herford Times called the team “The UK’s top illusionists…fast becoming household names with their high energy and spectacular tricks…theirs is a pulse racing performance like no other.”

Premier Productions and Newsboys Announce Big Church Night Out Tour

November 12 – Erie Insurance Arena

Public on sale- Friday, July 14 at 10am

Premier Productions and GRAMMY nominated Newsboys announce the all new Big Church Night Out Tour. With nearly fifty shows across the U.S., each night will foster a time of worship, ministry and unity. Joining the tour will also be Sidewalk Prophets, 7eventh Time Down, Derek Minor, Blanca, Adam Agee from Audio Adrenaline, illusionists Brock Gill, worship leader Jamison Strain and Jeremy Willet.

“When families, friend and neighbors take time out of their busy lives to come together and join in one in worship, that is the church,” says Newsboys Michael Tait. “That is the makings of one BIG night, and we could not be more thrilled to be a part of it.

Powered by Pandora and CCM Magazine, the tour will offer a change for rejuvenation in exchange for the chaos and business of everyday life. In anticipation for the tour, Big Church Night Out will be taking over Pandora’s Christian Contemporary Station from July 5th to July 13th offering a pre-sale to listeners as well as in-depth interviews from Newsboys front man, Michael Tait.

Kevin Sparkman, editor of CCM Magazine shares about the upcoming tour, “Go Big. Real Big. A night-out that everyone needs!”

Hitting the East Coast, South and Midwest, the tour will begin in Montgomery, Alabama and make its final stop in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“The concept behind this Tour has been in the works for more than three years,” expresses Roy Morgan, owner of Premier Productions Inc. “Timing is everything, and the launch of Big Church Night Out this Fall will create a new Touring Brand in the marketplace for many years to come. Plus, it will be the first time that Pandora has provided its digital assets to support a Christian Tour, along with the marketing efforts of our strategic radio partners and local churches.”

About Premier Productions:

Pollstar Magazine ranks Premier Productions as the largest producer of live Christian events both nationally and internationally. Over 18 million people have attended a Premier event in over 4,000 concerts worldwide. Premier promotes Tours for Hillsong UNITED, Hillsong Worship, Young & Free, Kari Jobe, Jesus Culture, Lecrae, Lauren Daigle, Gaither Homecoming, Sadie Robertson, The Newsboys, comedian John Crist, Rend Collective, as well as their annual Winter Jam Tour Spectacular and OUTCRY Tours. Premier Fesitvals promotes 10 of the largest Christian Festivals in the U.S. and over 80,000 Passengers have sailed with them through their Cruise Company.

Bayfront Place Walkway to be Enjoyed by All

From the desk of Casey Wells, Erie Events Executive Director:

Now that the litigation for the Bayfront Place walkway has concluded, I’d like to make a few comments about the pathway. The Bayfront Place design incorporated the same elements that were built around the Convention Center in 2007 and included a walkway, fishing areas and rocks embedded for safety. This design was fully supported by the community years ago, but strangely became unacceptable in 2015. Not only was it disappointed that the interpretation of the rules changed in this eight year period, but it was also very costly. After spending $25,000 in legal fees defending this frivolous lawsuit, the court confirmed the City of Erie’s ruling that the design is lawful and appropriate.

Erie Events designed the walkway to meet the needs of all residents of Erie County, not just fishermen. The walkway design incorporated multiple paths and distinct areas to allow for a variety of uses. We created a meandering 12 foot wide blacktop pathway for joggers, bicyclists and walkers, plus a concrete walkway with benches and areas for fishing. These two paths are divided by an aesthetically pleasing landscape design that separates the more actives users of the pathway from those who want to enjoy a more serene experience. Large stones were embedded in various areas at the water’s edge as a safety barrier to eliminate the need of a sight restricting fence. This design feature allows an unobstructed view of Erie’s magnificent Bayfront so all visitors can watch the sun set unimpeded over Presque Isle Bay.

In the last 10 years, Erie Events has provided more than 3,600 feet of prime waterfront access that was previously unavailable to the public. Fishing, along with many other activities, is permitted along the entire pathway and we ask that everyone exercise caution near the water’s edge. Safety features such as life rings and ladders are provided along the entire walkway to help anyone who may need assistance.

Erie Events is pleased this lawsuit is behind us so we can again fully focus on creating an enjoyable Bayfront environment not just to residents of our own community, but also to meeting and convention visitors, travelers and vacationers.

I encourage you to use the walkways and enjoy our beautiful waterfront.