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New MLB Metal Detectors Causing Long Lines and Delays for Baseball Fans

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterApril 6, 2015

A fan passes through a metal detector at the stadium's center field gate before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets on opening day at Nationals Park, Monday, April 6, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Andrew Harnik/Associated Press

Conventional wisdom decrees that any time you have an opportunity to lower the possibility for violence at a sporting event, you take it.

Conversely, it would appear that new security measures around the league have made entering stadiums a longer, more tedious process for fans. 

In keeping with a 2014 MLB mandate, all 30 teams around the nation will use hand-held and/or walk-through metal detectors to screen fans attending games throughout the 2015 season. It would appear teams are following the directive to a T, and as a result, fans are experiencing even longer waits than usual over the course of this busy Opening Day. 

Some bottlenecks appear to be worse than others, as pictures of long lines caused by metal detectors surfaced on social media Monday.

Kyle Kusmer @kusmer1

Thanks mlb for metal detectors. Is it 1980? Take some notes from the tsa, their lines are shorter #mlb http://t.co/52AS44E7Gi

mollenbeck @amollenbeckKFI

An hour before first pitch, lines have grown fairly long to pass through the metal detectors. http://t.co/DHnvndNenf

Eileen Murphy @emurphy7

#MLBOpeningDay @Phillies security says MLB made them put in metal detectors. This is what happens #WTF http://t.co/QO3hEiozwO

Louisa Bosco @boscolouisa

@ChrisStigall long line at Phillies opener. So much for smooth quick entry with metal detectors and wands. http://t.co/1nikkVwWu4

Clearly, a lot of fans aren't feeling the new security measures.

Travis Waldron @Travis_Waldron

Flyover at Nats Park was a bit late after the planes got held up in the new metal detectors.

Byron Tau @ByronTau

Metal detectors at baseball games: a solution to a problem that doesn't exist.

Maggie Wiggin @maggie162

Good to see @MLB had the infrastructure and logistics ready to go to handle metal detectors at every ballpark. http://t.co/VvDlTpGPU4

Diane Firstman @dianagram

Processing 50,000 fans through metal detectors in a timely manner .... I dunno about that .... #MLB

This is a tough one. On one hand, you don’t want yahoos walking in with knives, guns or metal signs forgiving Alex Rodriguez. On the other hand, you’ve got to get people in the ballpark, and there’s an increased chance of unrest and violence by mashing groups of frustrated people together and making them miss portions of the ballgame. 

We’ll leave it at this: The initiative is young, and both the fans and the teams will have to adjust accordingly to make it a livable situation. If that means fans showing up earlier and security agents resorting to less stringent hand-swiping, then that’s a compromise for consideration. 

Otherwise, show up early, and expect more than an ocular pat-down at the gate.

Dan is on Twitter. Always trust the ocular pat-down.

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