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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Poll: Does Citizens Bank Park really need metal detectors at the gates?

“Phillies fans arriving at the game against the San Francisco Giants Monday night were greeted by new security measures in the form of walk-through metal detectors at the right-field gates of Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia.

The metal detectors, installed earlier in the month, were rolled out for use for the first time on June 21 as part of a pilot program at the stadium….”

Check the bleacher creatures first.

NattyBoh Posted: July 22, 2014 at 06:45 AM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: mlb_rules, phillies, stadiums

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   1. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: July 22, 2014 at 09:10 AM (#4755602)
This is a requirement according to MLB next year right? Fenway has been wanding everyone this year. It's a pain in the ass.
   2. bobm Posted: July 22, 2014 at 09:18 AM (#4755607)
Yes

Metal detectors to be tested at Citizens Bank Park
Phillies to undertake pilot security program for fans entering park via Right Field Gate
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com | 6/30/2014

PHILADELPHIA -- Beginning next season, every fan will be screened for security purposes before entry into every Major League Baseball ballpark.

Metal detectors will be introduced as part of a pilot program beginning July 21 at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies said in a news release on Monday that the increased security measures are the result of MLB's continued work with the Department of Homeland Security aimed at standardizing security practices across the game. Fans entering Citizens Bank Park through the Right Field Gate will be required to pass through a metal detector before tickets are scanned.

"The safety of our guests is our top priority," Phillies director of operations and security Sal DeAngelis said. "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."
   3. Bhaakon Posted: July 22, 2014 at 09:32 AM (#4755616)

This is a requirement according to MLB next year right? Fenway has been wanding everyone this year. It's a pain in the ass.


Sounds like they're using them incorrectly.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 22, 2014 at 09:32 AM (#4755617)
Do metal detectors pick up batteries?
   5. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: July 22, 2014 at 09:58 AM (#4755631)
Fenway has been wanding everyone this year. It's a pain in the ass.


Take it to this thread.
   6. Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: July 22, 2014 at 11:26 AM (#4755669)
Security theater in all its glory. It costs time, it costs money, and it makes the whole experience less enjoyable - all for some pretend security benefit.

Going to see sporting events used to be enjoyable. Now get off of my lawn.
   7. tshipman Posted: July 22, 2014 at 11:29 AM (#4755670)
Many of the metal detectors are probably fake.

Do metal detectors pick up batteries?


No. (oh, I see, you're doing a joke about Philly fans)
   8. BDC Posted: July 22, 2014 at 11:29 AM (#4755671)
The NFL has been ahead on this curve. Wanding and patting down, and also a ban on bags of all kinds, including large and normal purses, which has led to more than one screaming match I've observed when a woman learns she must walk a kilometer back to her parking space because her purse is a centimeter larger than the clutch-bag spec.
   9. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: July 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM (#4755678)
all for some pretend security benefit.


At least that robot lawmaker from Oklahoma will be caught at the gate.
   10. PASTE Transcends Almost All Generations (Zeth) Posted: July 22, 2014 at 11:51 AM (#4755683)
Security theater in all its glory. It costs time, it costs money, and it makes the whole experience less enjoyable - all for some pretend security benefit.


And so we arrive at the point.
   11. Greg K Posted: July 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM (#4755686)
Do the security checks also apply to the underground tunnels they have connecting Citizen's Bank to the various hotels in Philadelphia?
   12. Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: July 22, 2014 at 12:11 PM (#4755692)
And so we arrive at the point.


Huh? All three are the point.
   13. dr. scott Posted: July 22, 2014 at 01:07 PM (#4755719)
Been dealing with this at A's games since last year, and at a couple of Giants games, but don't remember any last time i went to AT&T. Every time I go through the detector at the A's game the thing goes off. they wand me, and it beeps. We cant find anything. We all laugh, and i go into the game. Every. Single. Time.
   14. A triple short of the cycle Posted: July 22, 2014 at 01:18 PM (#4755729)
Well take that foil-wrapped cucumber out of your pants.
   15. A triple short of the cycle Posted: July 22, 2014 at 01:21 PM (#4755733)
Interestingly, I have NOT set off the metal detector at an A's game. I have been surprised at how quickly the process moves. I think they can dial the sensitivity up or down on these things, and I have assumed they have set them on "low" so they don't have to deal with it. Or perhaps they are just off, or fake as tshipman suggests.

Dr. scott do you always go through the same gate/detector?
   16. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 22, 2014 at 01:24 PM (#4755734)
When I went to the Mariners' game a coupler of weeks ago, the metal detector picked up my asthma inhaler, which it hadn't done before. Maybe they dialed up the sensitivity.
   17. will Posted: July 22, 2014 at 02:37 PM (#4755777)
I go to 20 games a year at CBP. The metal detectors will replace the current pat-downs. I am as non-threatening looking as you can get (old guy, often wearing a suit and tie). The pat-downs range from pro-forma-- barely a pat on the shoulder-- to very intrusive,almost offensive, rub-downs of my pockets, legs, etc.It depends on which security guard you meet in line.

There are enough people carrying guns in the country, that I guess it is all an unavoidable evil.Plus, it has the added benefit of discouraging too many flasks.
   18. Greg K Posted: July 22, 2014 at 02:53 PM (#4755794)
At Jays game I've only ever seen officials take a cursory look inside bags. I've only ever been waved through without a second look.
   19. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 22, 2014 at 03:06 PM (#4755806)
There are enough people carrying guns in the country, that I guess it is all an unavoidable evil.

I blame Reggie Jackson for all this.
   20. Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: July 22, 2014 at 03:14 PM (#4755816)
I blame Reggie Jackson for all this.

OK but the solution isn't metal detectors. It's umpires wearing cufflink darts.
   21. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 22, 2014 at 03:16 PM (#4755818)
OK but the solution isn't metal detectors. It's umpires wearing cufflink darts.

That's assumed.
   22. There's a bustle in Misirlou's hedgerow Posted: July 22, 2014 at 03:18 PM (#4755821)
I blame Russian backed Ukrainian separatists.
   23. BochysFingers Posted: July 22, 2014 at 03:44 PM (#4755845)
I blame Frank Tanana.
   24. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 22, 2014 at 03:55 PM (#4755855)
OK but the solution isn't metal detectors. It's umpires wearing cufflink darts.


After seeing Angel Hernandez and Joe West in action, I think we gotta have background checks.
   25. valuearbitrageur Posted: July 22, 2014 at 05:28 PM (#4755919)
My kids elementary school is security fenced and the only access during school hours is through the front office, which is staffed by the usual middle aged women. One day my wife is waiting in the front office and some kids grandfather goes on an angry loud rant at the office ladies about how insecure the school is, that anyone could walk in with a gun and massacre kids.

I wish I was there so I could ask him politely, "What would a lunatic moron like yourself recommend they do?"

Enhanced sign in sheets that require you to list all knives, fire-arms and explosives you are carrying and their purpose?

Metal detectors? Good luck bringing a wand to a gun fight.

Full time armed security guards, or what will later be called, "the massacres first victims".

Armored turrets for the full time security guards with automatic weapons and shoot on sight authorization? No possibility of an accident there.
   26. Bob Tufts Posted: July 22, 2014 at 08:04 PM (#4755982)
It costs time, it costs money, and it makes the whole experience less enjoyable - all for some pretend...benefit.


But enough about drug testing and the increase in poor quality day games after night games due to the ban on amps.
   27. Bug Selig Posted: July 22, 2014 at 08:32 PM (#4755997)
Sounds like they're using them incorrectly.


I literally laughed. Not grinned - legit laughed. Thank you.
   28. RMc's Got a Lot of Trouble at Stake Posted: July 22, 2014 at 08:56 PM (#4756007)
I blame Reggie Jackson for all this.

OK but the solution isn't metal detectors. It's umpires wearing cufflink darts.


Not to mention the steamrollers and marching bands.

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