MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Twins will begin using walk-through metal detectors at Target Field starting with the team’s home opener on Monday, April 7.
It will be a phased-in effort, with all the gates to have the detectors by early May, according to Twins spokesperson Kevin Smith.
“This is a significant investment by the Twins,” he said, as well as an initiative fostered by Major League Baseball.
By the start of 2015, all clubs will be required to implement a program for screening every fan before going into a ballpark. But Smith assured it won’t be like going through the security checkpoints at the airport.
“Don’t take your shoes off, don’t take your belt off,” he said.
The detectors are set to screen for weapons and not smaller stuff, though Smith said some cell phones could set off the alarms.
As far as the potential this security upgrade could cause congestion, Smith said they will monitor the progress along the way.
The Twins are scheduled to play the Oakland Athletics during their home opener.