Citizens Bank Park. Credit: Wiki Commons. Citizens Bank Park. Credit: Wiki Commons.


The first ballpark in Major League Baseball to add metal detectors to its gates will be Citizens Bank Park.



According to the team's website, the South Philadelphia stadium will start testing the detectors as part of a pilot program on July 21.The first detector will be placed at the park's right field gate.The 29 other major league teams will follow suit next season.


The new security measure is a result of suggestions from the Department of Homeland Security, according to a team statement.

"The safety of our guests is our top priority," Phillies director of operations and security Sal DeAngelis said in a news release. "We fully support MLB's efforts to implement these enhanced security measures, and look forward to working with them during this pilot program. Next year, we expect that metal detectors will be at all entrance gates."

Attendees will not be required to remove their shoes and belts. Those who are unable to pass through the detector will be scanned with a security wand.

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