MetLife Stadium Adopts New Weapons Screening System

Fans entering a football game or concert at MetLife Stadium will be walking through metal detectors, or magnetometers, this season to improve stadium safety.

New York Giants and Jets fans will now have to walk through metal detectors when they arrive at the MetLife Stadium to watch a game.

Officials at the stadium, which is also used for dozens of other events, such as concerts, have installed 92 magnetometers (or mags) around five gates, and will use three guards per machine, the Associated Press reports.

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The new weapons screening system is similar to the one used by the Transportation Security Association (TSA). Unlike at airports however, fans will not have to remove their shoes or belts. Security officials will wand or pat-down fans occasionally if there are extenuating circumstances.

The detectors, which officials at the MetLife Stadium purchased two year ago, cost roughly $500,000.

Other venues, such as the Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., and Oakland Coliseum already use the mags. Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass, will be next.

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