LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers announced a series of enhanced security measures at Comerica Park for the upcoming season, headlined by metal detectors installed at all gates.
The detectors are part of extra screening mandated by Major League Baseball to be installed at all parks by 2015. The Tigers are one of several teams implementing it a year early.
"Safety is paramount, and we want to strike a balance between safety and customer convenience," vice president of ballpark operations Mike Healy said in a statement. "Most importantly, we are being proactive to ensure we create as safe, comfortable and enjoyable of an environment as we can. Statistically, walking through metal detectors allows for guests to enter more quickly and effectively into the ballpark than hand wands."
Even if entry is quicker, the Tigers are recommending fans allow extra time when traveling to games. As a result, they also announced gates will open just over two hours before first pitch for all games -- 5 p.m. CT for a 7:08 game, 11 a.m. for a 1:08 matinee, and 2 p.m. for a 4:08 start time.
The bonus in the earlier entry is the opportunity to watch a good portion of Tigers batting practice, which in past years wrapped up shortly after gates opened.
Other security measures include streets surrounding Comerica Park being restricted from vehicular traffic.