With security becoming a greater concern with each passing day in our world, Major League Baseball is preparing to take the next step towards guaranteeing the safety of their fans, players and stadium personnel. This according to MLB security director John Skinner who, in an appearance at the Ivy Sports Symposium at the Harvard Law School on Friday, said the commissioner's office is planning to recommend walk-through metal detectors in all 30 stadiums during the 2014 season.
"It's the reality, unfortunately, of this world," Skinner told the assembled crowd.
According to the Associated Press, Skinner was participating in a panel on “Preparing for the Worst: Crisis Management" when the comments were made. Among the other noteworthy panelists were Tom Grilk, the executive director of the Boston Athletic Association, which also organizes the Boston Marathon.
Of course, it was the events on that tragic April day in Boston that led to increased security measures being taken at sporting events across the country, and especially in Boston. The new measures locally include cars attempting to enter the parking garage under the TD Garden, home of the Bruins and Celtics, are thoroughly checking before being granted access.
All of the major sports have continued reviewing their security policies in wake of the Boston Marathon tragedy, with MLB spokesman Michael Teevan adding that baseball's plans are not yet set in stone, but fan screening is among the topics that will be discussed at upcoming meetings.
"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," Teevan said in an email. "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."
It's reported that if MLB moves forward with the plan, as expected, some aspects of the screening process would be left to individual teams to determine. It sounds like we'll have a better idea of MLB's grand plan in the coming weeks, with individual team policies trickling in soon after.
As Skinner noted, unfortunately, this is what we've come to. The changes obviously won't result in the most convenient experience for some fans, but safety is the priority, and we should all take solace in knowing that measures to protect us are being taken seriously.
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