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MLB stadiums will bulk up security measures in 2014

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Jeffrey Corbett, top, and his son Joseph, 9, center, both of Arlington, Mass., raise their arms as they pass through security outside Fenway Park before Game 6 of baseball’s World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)


The Associated Press is reporting that fans should expect to pass through a metal detector to gain entry into any Major League stadium in 2014. John Skinner, security director for Major League Baseball, said that some aspects of the screening process will be left up to the teams, but metal detectors are likely to be uniformly required.

The ramped-up security is, in part, a response to the Boston Marathon bombing in April which killed three and wounded 260 people.

Major League Baseball will present new security requirements and suggestions at the December winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. MLB spokesman Michael Teevan said in an email:

“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. 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.”

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