Major League Soccer announced on Tuesday that it will bring security measures at MLS events in line with those of other North American professional sports leagues, with new guest screening methods upon stadium entry beginning Saturday, April 23 at all Major League Soccer matches, Soccer United Marketing games, or United Soccer League matches played at MLS venues.
Under the new policy, all guests will be fully screened by use of a pat-down, wand or magnetometer.. Each venue will make its own decisions regarding what protocols will be used at events to reach this standard of security.
Additionally, all bags will be searched, and the league will now prohibit fans from bringing in large purses, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, luggage of any kind, computer bags, camera bags and any bag larger than 14-by-14-by-6 inches.
“Public safety is a top priority and the enhanced security measures will ensure that fans are able to continue to enjoy MLS and SUM events in a safe environment,’’ MLS President and Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott said in a league statement.
“The updated security measures bring us in line with professional sports leagues around the United States and Canada while maintaining the unique sports experience that is MLS,” said Ray Whitworth, Senior VP of Security and Operations.
“The safety of our fans, players and staff is paramount."
Individual venues may have additional restrictions on bags and other items entering the stadium. The increased security policy was unanimously supported by the MLS Board of Governors and involved input from all 20 MLS clubs.