Comerica Park gets security enhancements for 2014 Detroit Tigers baseball season

(WXYZ) - You may notice some new security features at Comerica Park this baseball season.

The Detroit Tigers announced that the 2014 security enhancement at the ballpark would include metal detectors at all entry gates and access points. 

Additionally, the streets around Comerica Park will be shut down for vehicle traffic.

“This initiative is another step in our enhanced guest security and safety measures,” said Mike Healy, Vice President of Ballpark Operations, in a press release. “Safety is paramount and we want to strike a balance between safety and customer convenience. Most importantly, we are being proactive to ensure we create as safe, comfortable and enjoyable environment as we can. Statistically, walk through metal detectors allow for guests to enter more quickly and effectively into the ballpark than hand wands.” 

The Tigers are recommending that visitors get to the park early to go through the new security procedures. Gates will open roughly two hours before the first pitch. 

The Tigers also released a list of suggestions for ticket holders for the 2014 season:

  •   Guests are encouraged to arrive early to avoid a longer wait to enter the ballpark.
  •   As in past years, all guests will be subject to bag searches and all bags will be checked.
  •   Only bags that comply with MLB standards of 16x16x8 will be admitted.
  •   Guests will need to empty their pockets of keys, mobile phones, and other items before walking through the metal detector. Guests can opt of the walk thru metal detector screening but they will be subject to hand held metal detector screening or alternative screening procedures.
  •   It is suggested guests minimize the amount of items they bring to the ballpark.
  • There will be no access to the ballpark from the Beer Hall or the Labatt Blue Light Jungle outside doors

The Detroit Tigers also want ticket holders to be mindful of their permitted and non-permitted items. 

Check out the full list below: 

Permitted Items after inspection: 
·        ALL BAGS/PURSES ARE SUBJECT TO INSPECTION 
·        baseball mitts/gloves 
·        bags smaller than 16" x 16" x 8" (including soft sided coolers, backpacks and diaper bags, bags cannot have a rigid interior or exterior frame) 
·        binoculars 
·        blankets 
·        cameras still and video ( tri-, uni-, or mono- pods are prohibited) 
·        drink boxes, if you have children in your party or for medical needs 
·        factory sealed clear bottles of unflavored water 
·        Individual portion sized food or snacks (outside food is not allowed into the suites) 
·        headphones 
·        plastic baby bottles if you have a child in your party 
·        seat cushions 
·        small radios 
·        strollers (umbrella-type that folds up and will fit underneath the seat, large strollers may be checked at Guest Services) 
·        umbrellas (large golf umbrellas and umbrellas with metal tips are strongly discouraged)
Non Permitted Items: 
·        Aerosol cans (hairspray, mace, pepper spray, etc.) 
·        animals (except certified service animals or service animals in training) 
·        bags larger than 16" x 16" x 8" 
·        baseball bats of any size 
·        beach balls or other inflatable items 
·        beverages (except juice boxes with children in your party, or for medical needs) 
·        bottles (glass or plastic with the exception of factory sealed clear bottles of unflavored water) 
·        brooms 
·        fireworks, firearms, knives or weapons of any kind 
·        fishing nets or poles 
·        framed back 
·        packs 
·        Frisbees 
·        hard sided coolers 
·        illegal drugs or substances of any kind 
·        laser devices/pointers 
·        liquid containers (glass or plastic with the exception of factory sealed clear bottles of unflavored water) 
·        markers, paint 
·        masks (face cannot be covered up) 
·        noisemaking devices: air horns, bullhorns, thunder sticks, cowbells, bells, horns, kazoos, whistles, and other noisemakers 
·        non-baseball related signs 
·        objects that can be used as missiles or projectiles: sticks, bats, clubs, Frisbees, beach balls 
·        obscene or indecent clothing 
·        skateboards or rollerblades 
·        squirt guns including super soakers 
·        sticks, including signs attached to sticks 
·        stools, folding chairs, stools or back supports
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