The metal detectors, known as magnetometers or “mags,” will replace hand-held “wanding” and pat-downs. The detectors are similar to the ones use in airports in that guests will walk through them, although they will not need to remove shoes, belts, coins, watches or jewelry. Guests will be required to place cell phones, cameras and keys on a table next to the detector prior to walking through.
The San Francisco 49ers’ Levi's Stadium and the Oakland Raiders’ Oakland Coliseum are already using the detectors. The New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium will be the next stadium to do so along with MetLife, reports the Boston Herald.
The use of the metal detectors is a “National Football League Best Practice” recommended by NFL security executives to team owners last month. All 31 stadiums will have similar detectors in place within the next two years.
“The safety and security of our guests has always been our utmost priority,” said Daniel DeLorenzi, MetLife Stadium director of security and safety services. “The addition of walk-through magnetometers is part of the progression of stadium security and adds to our already robust public safety and security procedures. We continue to look for ways to provide a world-class experience for all guests attending events at MetLife Stadium.”
- Mike Fiammetta