If you're headed to watch the Boys in Blue take on the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium Saturday night, you might want to arrive early.
Dodger fans can add metal detection to their pre-game stadium-entry procedure as part of an upgraded security plan, according to a Dodgers statement. All entry gates will have metal detectors and metal detecting wands, beginning with the Freeway Series final on Saturday and through the 2015 Major League Baseball season.
The league required all teams to implement metal detection and other security upgrades by this year.
Fans will be asked to place metal objects such as cell phones, sunglass cases or tablets on screening tables prior to walking through the metal detectors. However, guests will not be required to remove their belts, shoes, jackets, wallets, keys or coins upon entry, according to the team statement.
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Guests with strollers, wheelchairs or medical devices will be offered an alternative screening method.
These new guidelines are in addition to the bag checks that are already standard throughout MLB stadiums.
The Dodgers encouraged fans to arrive early to minimize wait times.
The new security procedures were announced by Major League Baseball in January 2014 and were required to go into effect by 2015. The changes come as a result of the MLB's continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security "to elevate and standardize initiatives across the game."
All 30 MLB teams were required to institute similar security procedures this year.
Saturday night's game marks the first time the Dodgers have played at the newly renovated stadium in 2015.
The enhanced ballpark security comes just before opening day, on Monday, when the Dodgers will play host to the San Diego Padres on Monday at 1 p.m.