ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Opening Day is just around the corner, and there are some new security measures at Busch Stadium you should know about.
If you've been to an airport in the last decade, you know that you have to factor in extra time to go through security. Now, Major League Baseball has some major league security changes come Opening Day.
Metal detectors will be set up at all six entrance gates at Busch Stadium. For more than a decade, the Cardinals screened fans with handheld metal detectors. The new mandate comes from the commissioner's office. The cardinals will incur the cost for the 50 new metal detectors and staff increase.
“We had to create some more space in the concourse. It was a little narrow out there, so we pushed the gates out about 12 feet and that will give us room to put the metal detectors in there,” said Joe Abernathy, vice president of stadium operations. “That also gives us more space in one of our narrowest parts of the whole stadium.”
The biggest change you'll notice is what you won't notice. At Gate Five, the gates have been moved 12 feet north toward Clark Street, which will improve the view from the AT&T Rooftop and Cardinals Nation.
All gates will open 90 minutes before games played Monday through Thursday, and two full hours prior to games on Friday through Sunday.