After the Boston Marathon bombings, many sports are looking for ways to prevent tragic events. The NFL adopted a clear bag policy at stadiums, while other cities have taken measures, including a bigger police presence at games.
According to the Associated Press, MLB and the Commissioner’s office have announced the new policy for 2014:
Major League Baseball security director John Skinner said on Friday that all 30 teams are expected to screen all fans entering their ballparks next season. Some aspects of the screening will be left to individual teams, but the commissioner’s office is planning to recommend walk-through metal detectors, he said.
While metal detectors aren’t required, it seems as if that’s the route MLB would like teams to go. Skinner also said that MLB will be giving teams a presentation at the Winter Meetings in Florida next month for security.
As of last season, Dodger Stadium currently asks fans to have their bags checked by security and in some cases, fans can be patted down or checked with a metal detector wand. Fans are allowed to bring outside food in, except for alcohol, aluminum cans and glass bottles. The stadium also adheres to the MLB policy on bag size that says bags cannot exceed 16 inches by 16 inches by 8 inches.
The Dodgers already have increased police presence on game days, not only in the stadium but also in the parking lot. They’ll be one of the progressive teams in safety because of their location in Los Angeles.
It’s likely that this move is just the first step in a series of revamped security measures before next season that both the MLB and specific stadiums will implement.
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