Local venues on high alert after deadly Manchester bombing

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and NRG Stadium will be increasing security in the wake of the deadly bombing attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

The Woodlands venue released a statement regarding Monday's tragedy at Manchester Arena where at least 22 people were killed.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragedy in Manchester last night, our hearts and thoughts are with those impacted by the devastating incident. The safety of our guests, staff and artists is always our top priority for any show at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion," the statement read.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion will be hosting John Legend Tuesday evening and as a result will provide more security measures and enforce bag size restrictions.

"Bags, purses and backpacks larger than 8.5" x 11" will not be allowed into the venue. All bags are subject to a search," according to the statement.

Cristina Acuna and her husband Manuel said they thought for a moment about skipping the concert, but knew they had to go.

"I think it's horrible for them to be attacking venues and stuff like that. I think these artists work really hard provide an awesome show for everybody," said Acuna.

At NRG Stadium, the metal detectors are already up and security preparations are well underway for the U2 concert on Wednesday night. More than 60,000 people are expected to pack the stadium.

"Obviously venues across the world are concerned," said Kevin Hoffman, the executive director of the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation, which oversees the operations of NRG Park. "Everybody's stepping up security methods associated with it."

Hoffman said security will certainly be increased ahead of tomorrow's concert. However, considering the stadium just hosted the Super Bowl, Hoffman says they are well prepared.

"The enhancements that we're making are significant. Obviously we can't go into details, but we're going to make sure the concert coming up is safe and enjoyable with all our fans," Hoffman said.

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