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MLB parks required to have metal detectors by 2015


Major League Baseball distinguishes itself from the other major sports in that each of its parks are allowed to be unique, complete with quirks, tweaks, and even different dimensions in the outfield. But come 2015, one thing will be uniform at every MLB Park.

Tonight the Associated Press is reporting that all MLB parks will be required to have metal detectors by 2015:

Major League Baseball has told its 30 teams they must implement security screening for fans by then, either with hand-held metal detection or walk-through magnetometers.

‘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,’ baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said Tuesday.”

The measure will be implemented in Seattle this season and was experimented with in Pittsburgh, Boston, Oakland, New York, and San Francisco last season. MLB also incorporated it for major events:

‘We conducted testing of these measures at the All-Star game and at both World Series venues last year, and we were pleased that it was effective and received without issue from fans,’ Teevan said.

Other than some bellyaching about it taking longer to get into the gates, it’s hard to complain about taking extra measures to make games safe.

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