MTS Centre adds bomb sniffing dog following Manchester terror attacks

Dante, a member of the Winnipeg Police Service, will be patrolling the MTS Centre Friday night. Global News / Jordan Pearn

WINNIPEG — A bomb-sniffing canine member of the Winnipeg Police Service will be patrolling MTS Centre Friday night.

While True North Sports and Entertainment said it has used the dog in the past, its addition this weekend is a direct result of the terror attacks in Manchester, England.

“This changes everything,” Kevin Donnelly of True North Sports and Entertainment said of the Manchester attacks.

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers will play to a sold-out Manitoba crowd Friday night.

“Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by this,” Donnelly said.

“You can never be too prepared, you can never make your venue so it’s incident proof, but you can plan for these worst case scenarios.”

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22 people were killed and 59 injured when a suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Monday night.

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Winnipeg police said they’re constantly working on making venues like the MTS Centre safe, and the canine unit could be seen at both the arena and stadium events on a more regular basis.

“I think it would be reasonable to assume that’s going to be a new layer of security that’s going to be fairly common,” Const. Rob Carver said.

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