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SaskTel Centre removing designated smoking areas

All current designated smoking areas at SaskTel Centre will be removed starting with the Saskatoon Blades home opener on Sept. 22.
All current designated smoking areas at SaskTel Centre will be removed starting with the Saskatoon Blades home opener on Sept. 22. File / Global News

Designated smoking areas are being eliminated at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.

Officials with the facility said Tuesday all current designated smoking areas will be removed starting with the Saskatoon Blades home opener on Sept. 22.

“Our commitment has always been to provide the safest and most enjoyable fan experience and we feel that making SaskTel Centre a smoke-free venue is a necessary part of that commitment,” said SaskTel Centre CEO Will Lofdahl in a statement.

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Smoking will be prohibited in all areas, including all public outdoor spaces.

“The biggest factor is the security of our staff and our guests. We do have to keep the building secure and that was our one gap in the whole security plan,” said Cheri Hamilton, SaskTel Centre communications manager.

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Hamilton said the decision was made in conjunction with venue’s no re-entry policy.

“Most tours now, have a very strict security plan and they want to know that our venue is secure all the time, that we have policies in place. Lots of them have a police request presence, so it’s all in line with what tours are asking for now.”

Mosaic Stadium, as well as other Canadian NHL venues have adopted the policy, according to Hamilton.

The new policy also applies to vaping.