MLB Stadiums Add Metal Detectors to Improve Fan Security

Major league ballparks have been mandated to add metal detectors to beef up security.

It will take baseball fans a little longer to enter stadiums to watch their favorite teams now that Major League Baseball has mandated that all ballparks improve security by installing metal detectors at entrances.

The Department of Homeland Security is working with MLB to upgrade security checks at all 30 stadiums, CBS New York reports.

RELATED:Yankee Stadium to Install Walk-Through Metal Detectors

Unlike at airports, fans can leave on their belts and shoes on when walking through the metal detectors. However, heavy metals, such as keys and loose change, as well as mobile phones, must be removed from pockets before passing through the stadium.

Additionally, laptops, selfie sticks, audio and video recorders, hard-shell bags and laser pens will not be permitted inside ballparks.

Fans who are unable to utilize a walk-through metal detector, or who opt not to use one, will either be check with a handheld metal detectors or receive a physical pat-down, the Associated Press reports.

Some teams, such as the Colorado Rockies, have created express lanes for fans without carry-in items. While the San Francisco Giants has signed a deal with biometric security company Clear to provide a pre-screening process for fans.

RELATED: S.F. Giants to Install Biometric Verification System at AT&T Park

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