No cell phones allowed at Chris Rock's "Total Blackout Tour" in Reno

Published: Feb. 25, 2017 at 12:02 AM PST
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Friday night, thousands of people went to Chris Rock's Total Blackout Tour at the Reno Events Center. But one restriction likely caught some fans off guard.

Friday afternoon, preparations for Chris Rock's comedy tour were well underway. Many attending the show had to lock up something that is within arm’s reach.

"We would love to run the world on an honor system, but it doesn't seem to be that way," said Scott Krueger, Yondr Brand Representative.

Friday’s show had a strict "no cellphones, cameras or recording devices" policy.

Yondr created a pouch that would allow fans to lock up their phones before the show and it was free.

"Just the idea of being here now is kind of what inspired it," said Krueger

A phone or recording device is placed into the Yondr pouch. If you want your phone or recording device back at the end of the show or in case of an emergency, you can visit one of the unlocking base stations located around the events center.

"In the last two years, it has become popular and more artists are seeing the value in creating spaces like that," said Krueger.

Yondr has worked with comedians like Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Hannibal Buress. Krueger says comedians want to keep their content from getting on the internet.

"You want everybody to have the same experience and enjoy the show. That is the idea the enables everybody to do that," said Krueger.

Yondr asks most fans to turn off or put their phones on silent, but they do allow flexibility for a few fans.

"Somebody with kids at home or a doctors on-call, we just ask that they keep their phone on vibrate. Keep it somewhere, where they can feel it and anytime they get a call, they can just exit the venue space and we can unlock it," said Krueger.

The pouch comes in two sizes.

The Reno Events Center says it has nothing to do with the phone-free environment, saying it's an agreement between the promoter and the entertainer. For the venue, it's a requirement added to booking that business.