MLB meeting could mean stricter security at ballparks, Rays seemingly already taking steps

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St. Petersburg, Florida -- Major League Baseball representatives are slated to meet Thursday to talk about keeping fans safe in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Representatives for every major league baseball team will meet in New York to talk about possible changes to security.

It seems the Tampa Bay Rays are already increasing security measures at Tropicana Field. At Wednesday's game, fans said security wanded people with portable metal detectors before allowing them inside. Last week, Rays officials were asking fans to show up as early as possible to games so they can check bags.

As part of their heightened security, the team does not allow coolers, large backpacks, or large bags. Smaller bags and backpacks will be inspected.

During the MLB stadium operations meeting, officials reportedly are expected to discuss the size of backpacks fans can bring and whether that needs to be changed.

Fans we spoke to say even if it changed, it won't stop them from coming to Rays games.

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