The Cincinnati Reds today announced that as part of Major League Baseball's initiative to standardize security procedures at all 30 Major League parks for the start of the 2015 season, walk-through metal detectors will be phased-in at Great American Ball Park beginning on Friday, Sept. 5 for the start of the upcoming homestand.
The new metal detectors will be located at the main ballpark gates on Crosley Terrace (corner of 2nd and Joe Nuxhall Way) in an effort to acclimate fans and staff to the new procedures before the 2015 mandate.
All fans will be asked to remove cell phones and large metal objects from their pockets before walking through the metal detectors. Ballpark staff will work diligently to insure this procedure is timely and efficient.
Guests that cannot walk through the metal detectors due to medical conditions have the option of being manually checked with a hand-held detector.
These procedures, which result from MLB's continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize security practices across the game, will be in addition to bag checks that are now uniform throughout all of MLB.
As has been the policy for many years, all bags will be checked and only MLB-compliant bags (16 in. x 16 in. x 8 in. or smaller) will be admitted.
"The safety of our fans is the number one priority for us at Great American Ball Park," said Tim O'Connell, Reds Vice President of Ballpark Operations. "We are committed to the procedures that MLB has asked us to implement and our staff is dedicated to maintaining the highest security standards possible."
Beginning in 2015, all game-day entrances to Great American Ball Park will follow this protocol.
Many of the most commonly-asked questions concerning Great American Ball Park and attending Reds games can be answered by visiting the "Ballpark A to Z Guide" online at reds.com/guestguide.