Twins, Target Field Expected to Tighten Up Security for 2014 Season

Updated: 01/25/2014 12:21 PM By: Cassie Hart

KSTP file photo.
KSTP file photo.

Twins fans should expect to see metal detectors at Target Field this coming season. A Twins spokesman tells KSTP they expect the program to be phased in this spring.

Major League Baseball has told its 30 teams they must implement security screening for fans by 2015, either with hand-held metal detection or walk-through magnetometers.

"This procedure, which results from MLB's continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize security practices across the game, will be in addition to bag checks that are now uniform throughout MLB," baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said earlier this week.

Security gained more intense focus after three people were killed and more than 260 wounded in when two bombs were set off at the Boston Marathon finish line.

Twins fans along with most employees will have to empty out their pockets and walk through the magnetometers to enter Target Field. Bags and backpacks will also be searched.

As for what fans can bring into the park-- like food and water--the team has no plans to further restrict that. However policies are still being developed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.