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Philadelphia Phillies to begin testing metal detectors at Citizens Bank Park

Fans entering right field gate will be screened as part of MLB pilot program

PHILADELPHIA - Baseball fans attending Monday night's series opener between the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants may experience a longer wait getting into Citizens Bank Park.

Those fans who enter the stadium through the stadium's right field gate will be required to pass through a metal detector immediately before their tickets are scanned. They will also need to remove their cell phones, cameras and other large metal items.

The new metal detectors at Citizens Bank Park are part of a pilot program, which team officials said is the result of increased security measures being implemented by Major League Baseball. Starting next season, all MLB teams will be required to screen fans before they enter each stadium.

"The safety of our guests is our top priority," said Sal DeAngelis, the Phillies' director of operations/security. "We fully support MLB's efforts to implement these enhanced security measures, and look forward to working with them during this pilot program. Next year, we expect that metal detectors will be at all entrance gates."

While Major League Baseball has been working with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize the teams' security practices, fans will not be required to remove their shoes or belts. Those fans who cannot pass through a metal detector will be checked with a handheld device, officials said.

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

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