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 - including but not limited to MLS League and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup games, friendly matches, and fan events.
New League-wide Bag Policy
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.
Under the new league-wide Bag Policy, fans are prohibited from bring the following into a stadium*:
- Large purses
- Luggage of any kind
- Computer bags
- Camera bags
- Any bag larger than 14"x14"x6"
* Special considerations will be made for guests with special medical needs and parents caring for infants.
In addition, all bags will be subject to search upon entry. The bag restriction will not apply to credentialed media, who will continue to enter MLS stadiums through designated entrances and adhere to all posted media bag policies and screenings.
Safety a Top Priority
"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."
The increased security policy was unanimously supported by the MLS Board of Governors and involved input from all 20 MLS clubs.
Security & Stadium information for each club
Fans are encouraged to check venue-specific policies as the below are baseline security standards for MLS events. Individual venues may have additional restrictions on bags and other items entering the stadium.