Petco Park to install walk-through metal detectors

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SAN DIEGO — Starting this year, walk-through metal detectors will be in operation at all public entrances to Petco Park, it was announced Tuesday.

The change is part of a Major League Baseball program to strengthen and standardize security practices across the country, according to the San Diego Padres’ front office.

As part of the new process, fans will have to remove cell phones, cameras, sunglasses cases and other large metal objects — but not belts, shoes, jackets, wallets or coins — before passing through the detectors.

An alternate method of screening will be provided for fans with strollers, people in wheelchairs and those with medical devices that set off metal detectors, according to the team.

“The safety of our guests and our staff is first and foremost our top priority,” said Mark Guglielmo, general manager of Petco Park. “We will make every effort to ensure this security enhancement doesn’t slow down the process of getting into the game. However, we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as these changes are implemented.”

As they have in years past, fans still will be required to have their bags checked by ballpark security staff prior to reaching the entry gates. Express lines will be available at all main entrances for fans without bags and for season-ticket holders.

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