Reporting Tim Ryan
OAKLAND (KCBS) – Fans of the Oakland A’s are being asked to arrive to the ballpark a bit earlier, after new security measures were implemented Thursday at O.co Coliseum.
Starting with Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, fans will be greeted with a new walk-through metal detection system.
“Once everybody gets the hang of it, it won’t delay you getting into the ballpark at all,” said Oakland A’s spokesman Bob Rose. “I do think for the first couple of games, it will take a little longer for the adjustment. But I think other than that, it should be seamless.”
The system will be used for the remainder of home games, including any in this year’s playoffs, if the team qualifies for the postseason. Entering Thursday’s game, the A’s are six games ahead of the Texas Rangers in the American League West.
Much of the Coliseum staff is already used to the system, as it is already in place for all NFL and NBA teams, including the Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors.
The A’s are recommending that ticket holders enter when stadium gates first open, to provide ample time for the new security procedure.
Fans will have their bags searched, and will need to empty their pockets before walking through the metal detectors.
Major League Baseball plans to implement a league-wide system, like the other professional sports leagues.
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