New MLB security measures implemented at Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- As the Dodgers get ready to take on the Angels in exhibition play, fans arriving at Dodger Stadium are seeing new security measures in place.

This year, all 30 Major League Baseball teams are having their fans walk through magnetometers or get screened with a hand-held metal detector. Fans are being encouraged to arrive early to minimize wait times. Fans will not be required to remove their belts, shoes, jackets, wallets, keys or coins before walking through the metal detectors.

"I think it's safer that way you don't have to be worrying about people sneaking in things they shouldn't be sneaking in," said Dodgers fan Darwin Minisee. "For our safety, it's good."

Fans will also have to take large objects out of their pockets. All bags will continue to be checked upon entry. Only bags with dimensions that comply with MLB's standard of 16 inches by 16 inches by 8 inches will be admitted.

"It seems to be the norm everywhere, any kind of public event, cause of the way the country is now," said Dodgers fan Steven Bennett. "I think it's good, safe."

Most of the fans Eyewitness News spoke with say they do feel more secure coming to the games, knowing it'll be harder for someone to bring a weapon to the ballpark. But fans recognize metal detectors won't keep out troublemakers.

"If someone really wants to get in a fight and start trouble, it's really not going to make much of a difference," said Dodgers fan Daniel Ramirez. "It might make some of the fans feel safer, and I agree that that's probably a better environment for everybody."

Dodger Stadium wants fans to be patient with the new procedures. And while many understand why the enhanced security is needed, some feel like it may be a little excessive.

"It seems lately that all the sports are getting a little too much security, and it's taking a little bit of fun out of the game," said Dodgers fan Amy Ramirez.

The new security guidelines resulted from a recent study of best security practices and MLB's work with the Department of Homeland Security to elevate and standardize initiatives across the sport.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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