CLEVELAND -- If you're heading to the ballpark tonight to watch the Tribe battle the Angels, you may want to give yourself some extra time to get inside.
The Indians are expanding enhanced security measures by adding walk-through metal detectors to Gate C near, which is the entrance near the Bob Feller statue and East 9th Street.
Last month, Gate D, which is the entrance behind home plate along Carnegie Avenue, was the first to be equipped with the metal detectors.
Upon entering the Progressive Field, fans will need to remove cell phones and all large metal objects from their pockets before walking through the metal detector. Those items can be retrieved immediately after entering. All other items can remain in fans' pockets.
All bags still will be checked, and only MLB-compliant bags -- 16x16x8 -- will be admitted. A full list of items permitted and prohibited in the ballpark can be found under the "Progressive Field" tab at Indians.com.
"This will be a minimal, unobtrusive change for our fans, whose safety is our No. 1 priority at the ballpark," said Jim Folk, the Indians Vice President of Ballpark Operations. "Fan convenience is very important to us, and we're making every effort to ensure these important safety measures, as mandated by Major League Baseball, will have a minimal impact on fans' speedy entry into the ballpark."
These changes are part of a Major League Baseball initiative to standardize security practices across all stadiums.
First pitch for Monday's game is 7:05 p.m.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why are you implementing these new procedures?
Major League Baseball, after working with the Department of Homeland Security, is working to enhance and standardize security procedures at ballparks throughout the sport. The league is requiring teams to have enhanced fan screening in place by Opening Day 2015.
What should fans expect when they get to the gates?
At Gates C and D, fans must walk through metal detectors prior to entering the ballpark. Detectors will be expanded to Gate A later this summer. Bags, as they have been for many years at Progressive Field, still will be checked.
Do fans have to go through the walk-through metal detectors?
Those who choose not to go through the walk-through metal detector have the option of being manually checked with a hand-held detector.
Will it take longer for fans to enter the ballpark at the gates due to these procedures?
The Indians are taking every necessary step to ensure that fans encounter minimal interruptions and delays in their entrance into the ballpark.
This is why we're phasing these new measures in over the course of the season, in an attempt to get fans and our gameday staff used to the new process.
Are the Indians instituting a new bag policy akin to the NFL?
Our bag policy will not change: Those bags compliant with MLB standards – 16x16x8 or smaller – are permitted, and are subject to search.