Royals: Team steps up security with wands, MLB recommends walk-thru metal detectors

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Royals are increasing security this season, just not as much as Major League Baseball recommends. 

Security guards will use metal detector wands on all fans entering Kauffman Stadium this year, which is a step up from random wanding last year.

The MLB has asked all 30 teams use walk-through metal detectors, but that’s only a recommendation.

"We made the decision based on the way things have gone here in Kansas City that we were going to increase wanding, but not do metal detectors at each of the gates," Royals spokesperson Toby Cook said. 

The MLB is requiring all teams to at least use metal detector wands by 2015.  

The Royals do plan to use a walk-through metal detector at the delivery gate at Kauffman Stadium, just not at the fan gates.

"The greatest line of defense that we have is people who are at the gates who are used to having the fans coming in and are looking for something suspicious,” Cook said.

Besides checking fans with metal detector wands, the Royals also limit the size of bags to 16 x 16 x 8 inches,  which is common at most baseball stadiums.

"Our goal is to provide as safe an environment as we can and realize that this is a professional sports environment where people are coming to have fun.  We don't want to turn it into getting into a federal courthouse or getting into the gate at an airport," Cook said.

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