Here’s A Good Idea: Keep Twins Fans Away From All Sharp Objects
For the first time in Twin Cities pro sports history, a hometown team is adding airport-style, walk-thru metal detectors at its venue.
The detectors will be phased in at Target Field for the Minnesota Twins home opener, April 7th. All five gates at the ball park will have the detectors by the middle of May.
Additional security is part of a mandate from Major League Baseball, requiring stadiums to be in compliance by 2015.
Twins spokesman Chris Iles told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune the Target Field screenings will be far less stringent than the ones at an airport:
This is not the TSA.
It’s a lot less invasive than that.
You won’t have to take off your shoes or belts or anything.
The Twins are giving fans who don’t want to, or can’t, walk-through the detectors to be inspected by a hand wand.
As part of the new security measure, fans will be required to remove cellphones and other large metal items before passing through. Bags and purses will continue to be inspected at the gates as they have in years past.