You will have to go through a metal detector at every MLB game next season
The obvious upshot -- this is terrible news for those of us who bring flasks of liquor into MLB stadiums. Clearly we will have to begin finding non-metallic flasks.
But security is the bigger concern, and Major League Baseball will require metal detectors at all MLB stadiums in 2014, according to the Associated Press. "It's the reality, unfortunately, of this world," MLB security director John Skinner said during a security symposium earlier today.
Up until now, bag checks were the only security measure mandatory at all MLB stadiums. Metal detectors and pat-downs are employed by some parks, but it has been an optional requirement.
The NFL, meanwhile, requires metal detectors and pat-downs, and requires fans to bring in only clear plastic bags.
MLB clubs know the change is coming, but the league has not spelled out all the requirements of the new security specifications. They will do so at the winter meetings next month. "Fan screening will be one of the subjects addressed," MLB spokesman Michael Teevan said in an email to the AP. "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."