Metal detectors required at big league ballparks by 2015 

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  • Keith Srakocic/2013 AP file photo
  • Baseball fans will have to walk through metal detectors before entering stadiums.
Entering a big league ballpark will be a bit like going through an airport by 2015.

Major League Baseball has told its 30 teams they must implement security screening for fans by then, either with hand-held metal detection or walk-through magnetometers.

“This procedure, which results from MLB’s continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize security practices across the game, will be in addition to bag checks that are now uniform throughout MLB,” baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said Tuesday.

The Giants and A’s were among the teams that experimented with screening at times last year.

MLB is being assisted by CEIA USA Ltd., which manufactures walk-through metal detectors.

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