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Isotopes boost security measures for ballpark

Kassi Nelson
April 25, 2018 06:13 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – At an Isotopes game, fans can count on emptying their wallet at the concession stand. Now there's another reason to do so before the game.

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"Fans are going to be coming through metal detectors when they come through," General Manager John Traub said. "Our system is going to be hopefully very seamless and add very little – if any – time to people's wait getting in the ballpark."

That means wallets, keys, cell phones and cameras will need to go from your pocket to a screening bowl. All bags and purses will still be checked like usual, but fans who leave them at home can skip the line.

"They can go right through the express lane and it’s not even like they were there," Traub said.

But the process is different than TSA's. Visitors can keep their shoes, jackets and belts on. Those who cannot pass through metal detectors will be checked with a hand-held scanner.

"We thought it was important and smart to do this in a proactive manner than a reactive manner," Traub said.

The new security system is typical of what fans see at most sporting events these days. MLB executives mandated the changes in the ballparks after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

"Tonight's the first time doing this the process has been practiced and rehearsed and gone over many many times but it's new so we're going to do our best to get people through in an expeditious manner," Traub said.

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