FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – It might feel like going through airport security when you go to a Major League Baseball game come 2015.
MLB has announced Tuesday it will be mandatory for all 30 teams to have metal detectors at the entrances of its ballparks by next year. MLB officials said this is in light of the Boston Marathon bombing back in April 2013.
Michael Nutter, General Manager for Fort Wayne TinCaps, said sporting events with thousands of people have become a target for terrorists. He said organizers have made it top priority to keep people safe, by any means necessary.
“You go to a theme park now and they check bags, you go here, you check bags, you go to a concert, its bag checks and pat downs,” Nutter said.
Nutter said security is already in place throughout Parkview Field.
“We always have a great police presence. We have an outside security firm that is not our folks, which is the way we want it, so we don’t compromise anything,” said Nutter. We’re going to wait and see what the metal detectors mean at the major leagues.”
Minor League Baseball’s Executive Director of Communication, Steve Densa, released a statement to NewsChannel 15 about the possibly of the Minor Leagues following suit.
“I am not aware of any discussions relative to our clubs regarding the recent announcement by Major League Baseball about stadium security.
We continually look for resources to provide to our clubs in order to assist them with providing their staff, fans, players, coaches and umpires with the best possible stadium experience, including their safety while at the ballpark.
I would imagine the possibility and feasibility of installing metal detection devices in our ballparks will be discussed in the near future, if it hasn’t already been done.”