Beginning Next Week, Getting Into an Astros Game Will Take Just a Little Bit More Time

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The one thing we're hoping when we pass through Minute Maid Park's new metal detectors next week is that we don't have to take off our belts. The ballpark announced this week that they would be implementing Major League Baseball's enhanced security measure (an approach that'll be mandatory next year for all MLB ballparks) of screening fans before they enter the stadium. Nice, just like preparing to board a plane.

Or maybe not. We definitely don't expect to be taking off our shoes.

According to a statement released by the Astros, "Walk-through metal detectors will be used at all gates to facilitate and expedite entry to Minute Maid Park beginning June 24. While fan safety is a top priority, the Astros have also taken steps to ensure that these new safety measures will have a minimum impact on timely entry into the ballpark." We think they're trying to say that this won't be a hassle. But we've passed through plenty of metal detectors in our time and we know the slow process it can be, what with people and those huge belt buckles, folks with their carry permits and those tender loving kids with all the piercings.

But the ballpark is open to adjusting anything that needs to be adjusted, and is welcoming feedback.

Here are the rules from the outset, so don't say you weren't warned, baseball fans. Oh, and remember the cell phone rule. The MLB doesn't want to be responsible for losing your cell.

Upon entering the ballpark, fans will be asked to follow the instructions below:

- Remove cell phone(s) from pockets.

- Place bags onto the screening table.

- Walk through metal detector with cell phone in hand.

- Guests will be encouraged to take prohibited items back to their cars. Items left at the gates are not the responsibility of the Houston Astros.

Yeah, so that buck knife you "accidentally" left in your purse, no worries, just walk back to your car and put it in the glovebox.

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