Security & Policies

Guest Safety And Prohibited Items

The Petersen Events Center is committed to creating a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for our guests. Our staff will proactively intervene to support an environment where guests can enjoy the sporting event or entertainment experience free from the following behaviors:

  • Foul/abusive language or obscene gestures
  • Intoxication or signs of alcohol consumption related impairments
  • Displays of affection not appropriate in a public family setting
  • Obscene or indecent clothing
  • Any guest action causing disruption of a game or an event
  • Guests seated in a location other than their ticketed seat

In response to the need for heightened security procedures, the Petersen Events Center has implemented the following policies to ensure a safe, enjoyable event experience for all guests.


Entering Petersen Events Center

Upon entering the Petersen Events Center, guests will undergo appropriate security-based screening. These procedures help ensure all guests have a safe and enjoyable event experience.

  • Only small personal bags (i.e. purses, baby or diaper, etc.) will be permitted inside the Petersen Events Center. These items will be searched upon entering.
  • Bags larger than 12" x 6" x 12" are not permitted.
  • iPads are permitted

In addition, the following items are not permitted inside the Petersen Events Center:

  • Coolers, backpacks and sealed packages (including gifts for athletes and/or performers)
  • Food or Beverage, with the exception of special medical needs
  • Cans, bottles, glass or other similar containers
  • Video, audio, professional cameras, recording device, tripods and bipods are strictly prohibited in the building.
  • For Pitt Basketball, cameras with detachable lenses are not permitted. However, small personal still-cameras with permanently attached 3" or smaller are permitted
    • For all other events, camera policies may vary. Please phone 412-648-3054 closer to the event date for the latest information.
  • Air horns or noisemakers
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Spiked or studded jewelry and belts
  • Laptops
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Pepper Spray or Mace
  • Laser Pointers
  • Go Pros
  • Animals, except for those performing disabled service duty
  • Electronic Cigarettes cannot be used inside the building
  • Signs, banners, flags, posters or any other item that:
    • obstructs the view
    • deemed offensive
    • pose a danger or a possible security risk
  • No Flags larger than 3' x 2'
  • No Poles/Sticks for flags or signs

Petersen Events Center management reserves the right to make the final determination on prohibited items. In the event that the prohibited items are revealed in a search, guests will be asked to dispose of the items or return them to their cars before re-entering the building.