In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Royals are increasing security measures to ensure player and fan safety.
For the weekend's games against Cleveland, Royals officials say security will be intermittently using hand wands as the Royals faithful enter the gates. Not everyone will be checked and as of now it's uncertain if this will be a permanent fixture for security. The wands won't be used at all the gates.
All Major League Baseball teams are doing this in response to the bombings, which forced the delay of last Friday's game between the Royals and Boston Red Sox.
Royals officials say the hand wands shouldn't slow down lines too much considering bags are routinely checked now.
"It's a very, very quick process. It's not intrusive and we won't violate anybody's privacy," said Toby Cook, spokesman for the Royals.
He said the Royals don't want fans to feel like they are in a lockdown situation, but realize this is being done to ensure a safe environment.
The Royals last used wands right after the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorism attacks. MLB and the teams will review the new findings in a few weeks and determine whether to continue them or not.
Fans that KCTV5 interviewed said they welcomed the change, saying safety should always be the top priority.
The following items are prohibited from Kauffman Stadium:
• Bags/purses in excess of 16" x 16" x 8"
• Backpacks in excess of 16" x 16" x 8"
• Any drinks besides water (one sealed/unopened 1-liter or smaller water bottle per person allowed)
• Weapons/fireworks Items that could be projectiles.
• Cameras with 12" or more lenses
• Banners or flags with sticks in them
• Bullhorns/air horns
• Lasers or laser pens
• Brooms in excess of 4' in height
• Hard-sided coolers of any kind
• Anything that can obstruct a fan's view
• Wrapped presents and/or gifts of any kind
• Bags will be checked by security upon entry. Security may ask fan to empty pockets and remove hats.
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