Going to a Minnesota Twins game this summer? You’ll notice a few changes to security protocols at Target Field.
Starting at the June 11 Twins-Seattle Mariners game, guests will be able to keep their cell phone, keys, wallets and other “personal items” in their pockets while going through security at all gates, according to a news release from the Twins.
Twins officials say the field’s magnetometers have been upgraded to recognize common personal items. The devices will continue to detect firarms, and other large metal objects, according to the release.
The goal here is to speed guests’ entry into the field.
“These changes, which are rooted in driving efficiencies within our security process, are designed to help improve ingress into Target Field, with the end result of getting our fans into the ballpark quickly and safely,” says Twins president and CEO Dave St. Peter.
The upgraded magnetometers have already been implemented at other professional sports facilities across the country, Twins officials say. The technology also meets Major League Baseball’s operating procedure standards.
Meanwhile, Starting July 5, fans will need to leave behind all backpacks, multi-compartment laptop bags, and duffel bags. The restrictions are designed to cut down on the time required for security staffers to check bags. That, in turn, is expected to reduce the time guests spend in line.
No bags larger than 16’’ x 16’’ x 8’’ will be permitted, according to the Twins.