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New security procedures at Progressive Field

This season there are new features inside the ballpark, plus an enhanced security system. (Source: WOIO) This season there are new features inside the ballpark, plus an enhanced security system. (Source: WOIO)
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Improvements to Progressive Field include security. At Opening Day, fans should expect some delays.

At 21 years old, Progressive Field is still a beauty and now will be considered a renovated beauty after a dramatic right field makeover. When you show up for Opening Day, you will need to be ready for new security procedures before you get inside to take your first look at the changes. 

"Major League Baseball made it very important that by Opening Day 2015, all 30 teams must have security checkpoints," explained Curtis Danburg, director of communications for the Cleveland Indians.

The Indians, however, were one of a few Major League teams last season that made the decision to get out in front of the MLB directive by rolling out the metal detectors slowly, gate by gate. Danburg believes that gave the Indians a chance to learn how best to handle crowds coming through the metal detectors, as well as give fans a chance to learn the ins and outs of the system. 

Soft-sided coolers and purses are still permitted in the ballpark, but they will have to pass through the metal detectors. 

"Fans need to be prepared to take out their cell phones or keys, things that will set off the alarms," Danburg explained.

The Indians are urging fans to come to the park early to avoid missing the Opening Day ceremonies or the first pitch. 

"It's not as invasive as going to the airport, but it is a similar process," Danburg said.

First pitch between the Indians and Tigers is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. Friday.
  
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