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Metal detectors: Soon to be reality at Citizens Bank Park

Phillies to undertake pilot security prgram for fans entering park

PHILADELPHIA - When fans get to Citizens Bank Park next season, they should be prepared for metal detector screening.

Metal detectors will be introduced at the park as part of a pilot program beginning July 21.

Beginning next season, every fan will be screened for security purposes before entry into every major League Baseball ballpark.

In a release Monday, the Phillies said the increased security measures are the result of MLB's continued work with the Department of Homeland Security aimed at standardizing security practices across the game.

Fans entering through the right field gate will be required to pass through a metal detector before tickets are scanned. By next year, the expectation is that metal detectors will be at all entrance gates.

Just like the TSA screening at airports, cell phones, cameras and other large metal items will need to be removed prior to passing through the metal detectors but unlike the TSA, fans will not be required to remove shoes or belts.

Fans who cannot pass through a metal detector will be checked with a hand-held device.

Bag checks and other procedures already in place will remain in force.

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