The process of fans entering Major League Baseball stadiums across the country may not be so quick and easy in 2014.
According to a report by the Associated Press, MLB security director John Skinner said that all 30 teams are expected to screen fans upon entering ballparks next season. Although some aspects of the screening will ultimately be left up to the discretion of individual teams, the league is planning to push the use of walk-through metal detectors, according to Skinner.
"It's the reality, unfortunately, of this world," Skinner said at the Ivy Sports Symposium at the Harvard Law School. "Ultimately, it will happen."
The movement was undoubtedly triggered in some ways due to the tragic events surrounding the Boston Marathon last April, where three people were killed and 260 more wounded, when a pair of bombs were set off at the finish line. Since then, sporting venues have taken a heightened awareness to security, with the National Football League permitting fans to take just a single, transparent bag for their belongings into stadiums, for example.
Skinner told the AP that the league will be making a presentation to its clubs at the winter meetings next month in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
"We have been reviewing our security procedures for many months and we will issue a security bulletin in 2014 that will include practices and procedures that are responsive to the new security environment," MLB spokesman Michael Teevan said in an email. "Fan screening will be one of the subjects addressed. We are continuing to consult with our clubs, our experts and the Department of Homeland Security, and we expect to announce specific changes after some further off-season meetings."