Fans flooding the Great American Ball Park turnstiles this weekend will notice something new upon entering the stadium. As part of Major League Baseball's mission to make security procedures the same at all 30 parks for the 2015 season, walk-through metal detectors are being implemented at GABP for this upcoming homestand. And fans will get their first up-close experience with them beginning Friday night when the Reds host the New York Mets.
All fans going through metal detectors, located at the main entry gates on Crosley Terrace, will be asked to remove cell phones and large metal objects from their possession before walking through. Fans who cannot use the metal detectors due to medical issues will have the option for a manual check with a hand-held wand.
"The safety of our fans is the number one priority for us at Great American Ball Park," said Tim O'Connell, Reds Vice President of Ballpark Operations. "We are committed to the procedures that MLB has asked us to implement and our staff is dedicated to maintaining the highest security standards possible."
Although metal detectors won't be present at every entrance, they will be by the time next season rolls around. The decision to implement a few right now is to designed to help fans get acclimated to the new process.
All told, the extra security procedure will probably add a little more time to the game day commute. However, if it makes the experience safer, it's completely worth it.