New at Jupiter’s Roger Dean Stadium this year: Metal detectors

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All spring training fans will be greeted by metal detectors at Roger Dean Stadium when the pre-season starts on Feb. 25.

“We want to make sure no guns or knives or long poles get through. This is a directive from Major League Baseball to all spring training facilities. We want a safer environment,” said Mike Bauer, general manager of the 7,000-seat stadium in Abacoa.

Bags held by fans were searched in previous years at entry gates at the stadium that is the spring-training home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals.

All fans this year will be asked to remove cell phones and other items from their pockets and place them in a container on a conveyor belt that will pass through the metal detector.

It’s the same system as used at the Palm Beach County Courthouse and other major league sports facilities, said Bauer.

There will also be personnel on duty that will use a metal-detecting wand on fans who set off an alarm when they walk through, said Bauer.

“Most people are used to the drill. Fans should come a little bit early to get through the lines,” said Bauer.

The directive from Major League Baseball was a result of the shootings in Orlando and other incidents.

The detectors are not a response to weapons being brought into Roger Dean Stadium, said Bauer.

“We haven’t had any issues here at Roger Dean Stadium. But we are in a different world today,” said Bauer.

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Attendees passed through metal detectors to gain entrance to Easter Sunday service last year at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea when Donald Trump and his family attended last March. Melanie Bell / Daily News File Photo