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MetraPark increases security for Foo Fighters concert in Billings

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BILLINGS - The rock band Foo Fighters will perform in concert at MetraPark Saturday, and the the band's promoter has asked that security in Billings be upgraded.

MetraPark has used wands to scan people at events, but now will use walk-through scanners in the lobby before fans enter the Rimrock Auto Arena.

The Foo Fighters will arrive Saturday with 17 semi trucks and 15 buses.

MetraPark General Manager Bill Dutcher said no scanners were available to rent or borrow, so Yellowstone County commissioners quickly approved $50,000 for the 12 magnetometers.

Dutcher said without the magnetometers, the Foo Fighters would not be playing in Billings.

"It's a big show and they are obviously not taking it lightly,” Dutcher said. “We feel as the commissioners did, it's a very good investment. It's not the last time that will be required in this stage of security nationwide with different things going on.  And now Yellowstone County, Rimrock Auto Arena, we own those at MetraPark.”

Also, fans will not be allowed to bring:

  • professional cameras with detatchable lenses
  • professional or non-mobile phone video recorders
  • professional recording devices
  • go-pros, ipads, selfie sticks
  • weapons, bottles or containers of any type
  • items that can be used as a projectile
  • laser pointers

And 12 “x 8” will be the largest allowed into the arena.

Dutcher said parking will be the same as what was used for the Garth Brooks concerts.

Pavilion Parking and VIP parking across from he arena will be pay lots.

The Carnival lot and the upper lot will be free.

After the concert, Bench Boulevard will be closed between Main Street and Airport Road.

Dutcher said this will allow traffic to move smoother getting out of MetraPark.

Gate 2 will be open, only for right turns exiting onto Highway 87.

The Foo Fighters had one date available.

For Metra management to make that happen, it moved the last day of the All-American Indian Shootout to Rocky Mountain College's Fortin Gym

Dutcher said tournament organizers and the Rocky administration agreed to the move.

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