If you don’t like standing in lines, you’re not going to be happy with this piece of news.
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball told all 30 of its teams that they must implement security screening for fans with either hand-held metal detectors or walk-through magnetometers by the 2015 season.
The Seattle Mariners announced Tuesday that fans entering Safeco Field this season will have to walk through metal detectors. Meanwhile, the Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Oakland A’s, Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants already tested screening programs last year. After the Boston Marathon bombing last year, the idea of metal detectors at baseball stadium gained steam.
MLB spokesman Michael Teevan issued the following statement about the decision:
This procedure, which results from MLB’s continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize security practices across the game, will be in addition to bag checks that are now uniform throughout MLB.
We conducted testing of these measures at the All-Star Game and both World Series venues last year, and we were pleased that it was effective and received without issue from fans.
Baseball teams have typically limited bags that fans bring into stadiums to just 16 inches by 16 inches by eight inches.
The NFL similarly limited the size of bags fans were allowed to bring to games this season.
Clearly sporting events across all the major sports leagues are trending towards increased security. Baseball is just taking thing a step further.