Yankees Strongly Encourage Fans to Arrive Early and Budget Extra Time for Entry to Yankee Stadium During the 2015 Season and Future Seasons Due to MLB-Mandated Security Measures

To assist fans, Yankee Stadium gates will open 2 hours and 30 minutes before the scheduled first pitch of games throughout the first homestand of the season from April 6-12

As part of Major League Baseball's initiative to standardize security procedures at all 30 Major League parks, all visitors are required to be screened via metal detectors before entering Yankee Stadium. The increased security measures are the result of MLB's continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security and are designed to elevate and standardize security practices across the game. The added security measures are in addition to bag checks that are conducted at all MLB ballparks.

As a result, the New York Yankees strongly encourage all visitors to budget extra time for arrival and entry to Yankee Stadium for all home games throughout the 2015 season and future seasons.

To assist fans during the first homestand of the season from April 6-12, gates will open to ticketholders 2 hours and 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the game.

"The safety of all visitors to Yankee Stadium is the top priority of our Stadium Operations staff," said Yankees Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Lonn Trost. "We will do everything we can to minimize the entry time to Yankee Stadium; however, proper screening as mandated by Major League Baseball requires a longer and more elaborate entry process than fans may be accustomed to. We urge fans to arrive as early as possible, and we appreciate their understanding as we try to ensure their security."

 

MLB-Mandated Procedure for Entry to Yankee Stadium in 2015

Metal detectors are located at all Yankee Stadium gates, and all visitors to the Stadium will be subject to screening. Once visitors have been screened and had their bags checked, they will have their tickets scanned.

Before proceeding through metal detectors, visitors will be asked to remove cell phones, cameras and any large metal objects from their pockets and place them in a small plastic container for inspection. Additionally, all bags and their interiors will be visually inspected by security personnel at a screening table alongside the metal detector. Please note that only MLB-compliant bags (soft-sided, measuring 16 inches by 16 inches by 8 inches or smaller) will be permitted inside the Stadium. Individuals will be able to watch their belongings throughout the screening process and can pick them up at the end of the table once they have proceeded through the metal detector. The removal of belts, shoes and jackets is not required.

Per MLB requirements, all visitors, including children, must be screened. Infants and toddlers may be carried through walk-through metal detectors, and children who are able to walk may be asked to go through on their own. Individuals who are unable to utilize a walk-through metal detector or who opt not to use one have the option of being checked with a hand-held metal detector or receiving a physical pat-down.

If a walk-through metal detector alerts a security officer to the presence of items that require further inspection, visitors will be directed to the side, where they will be screened via a hand-held metal detector or physical pat-down. When the items in question are discovered, individuals will be asked to display them and/or allow a security officer to examine them. At this time, a security officer will determine whether or not these items will be permitted in Yankee Stadium.

Any item or property that could affect the safety of the Stadium, its occupants or its property shall not be permitted into the Stadium. The Yankees reserve the right to prohibit or require removal of any items at their sole and absolute discretion. Any person that could affect the safety of the Stadium, its occupants or its property shall be denied entry.

Prohibited Items

Please note that the list of prohibited items at Yankee Stadium includes (but is not limited to) laptops, firearms, knives or weapons of any kind, laser pens, glass, cans or aluminum bottles or thermoses, selfie-sticks, video cameras or other equipment designed for the sole purpose of video and/or audio recording, and hard-sided bags, such as briefcases. Please also note that there is no storage area for prohibited items. Guests arriving by public transportation should take particular care not to bring any prohibited items, as no exceptions will be made. For a full list of prohibited items, please visit:

http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/nyy/ballpark/information/index.jsp?content=entry