Q: Why are the Nationals making this change?
A: Guest safety is a top priority of Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals. The League works closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to ensure effective safety programs are in place at all MLB facilities. In 2015, all Major League Baseball teams will use a form of metal detection in an effort to increase and standardize security practices across the game.
Q: What can fans expect at the Nationals Park gates?
A: Prior to entering the ballpark, guests will first have their bags checked. The next step in the process is for guests to walk through a metal detector. If the device detects metal on a guest, there will be a secondary screening with a handheld metal detector. After clearing the bag check and a form of metal detection, guests will then scan their ticket at a turnstile to enter the ballpark.
Q: Does this mean it's going to take a long time to get through the gates before each game?
A: We're making every effort to ensure that these security enhancements don't slow down entry to Nationals Park, and have added additional entry lanes around the ballpark to expedite the process.
Q: What if I don't want to walk through the metal detector?
A: All guests must pass through a form of metal detection to enter the ballpark. Guests who don't wish to walk through a metal detector will have the option of being checked with a handheld metal detector.
Q: Are the Nationals going to a clear bag policy like the NFL?
A: No, we are not changing our bag policy. All bags, including women's purses, will continue to be subject to inspection upon entry and will not be subject to a form of metal detection. For more information on prohibited items, please refer to the GUEST CONDUCT POLICY.
Q: I have a medical device that sets off walk through metal detectors. What is going to happen to me at the gate?
A: Guests who don't wish to walk through the metal detectors will have the option of being checked with a handheld metal detector.
Q: Can I still bring a stroller? What about a wheelchair?
A: All guests must pass through a form of metal detection to enter the building. Guests with strollers and those who use wheelchairs will be checked with a handheld metal detector.
Q. What do I need to remove from my pockets before being checked by a form of metal detection?
A. All guests will be asked to remove all heavy metal objects such as cell phones, cameras and keys from their pockets before being checked by a form of metal detection to expedite the entry process.
Q. I am a Season Plan Holder; do we have designated entrances?
A. Yes, just like in 2014, we will have designated Season Plan Holder entrances. All guests must have their Season Plan Holder card to enter. In addition to Center Field Gates, we have added dedicated Season Plan Holder entry lanes at Right Field, Left Field and Home Plate Gates.
Q. If I do not have any bags, is there a specific gate where I can enter?
A. Yes, we will have entrance lanes at Center Field, Home Plate and Left Field Gates designated for guests free of bags and purses.
Q. Do children have to walk through the metal detectors?
A. Major League Baseball requires that all guests must pass through a form of metal detection to enter the ballpark. Parents may carry infants and toddlers through the metal detectors. Children in strollers old enough to walk may be asked to walk through the metal detectors on their own. Guests who don't wish to walk through the metal detectors will have the option of being checked with handheld metal detectors.
Q. I have a permit to carry a concealed weapon. I am not affiliated with active law enforcement. How will this affect me?
A. Weapons and firearms of all kinds are prohibited in Nationals Park, with the exception of law enforcement officials licensed to carry weapons. Law enforcement officials must register their weapons or firearms with a Security Staff member at Right Field Gate. See GUEST CONDUCT POLICY (Prohibited Items).