BOCA RATON — In the wake of Wednesday’s mass shooting at Parkland’s Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida Atlantic University is prepared to upgrade security at its baseball games, the school told The Post on Thursday.
“We will implement the same procedures at baseball that we do at football as well as men’s and women’s basketball,” interim athletic director Brian Battle said through an FAU spokesperson.
Those procedures, which have been used at football games for years and began at basketball games last month, include full metal-detector scans and increased police and security for all ticketed events. Officers from both the school’s police department and Boca Raton’s own department join staffers in making sure those attempting to enter the stadium do not have anything dangerous.
Fans who leave the ballpark/stadium may be forced to go through the metal detector again upon re-entering. The new security plan will begin Friday night when the Owls baseball team begins its season against George Washington University (6:30 p.m., FAU Baseball Stadium).
Baseball and men’s basketball are the only on-campus athletic events this weekend, though the women’s golf team will host a Winter Warm-Up, per a school release.
FAU has not confirmed how this will affect media availability and entry. Media could originally enter basketball games as early as two hours before tip-off without checking in, though this was initially changed to 60 minutes — when gates opened for fans — before being moved to 90 minutes prior to the game’s start.
FAU as a whole is increasing security on the Boca Raton campus, adding more police to the Student Union and Breezeway walkway as well as at the A.D. Henderson School.
Stoneman Douglas graduate Jake Miednik is scheduled to start on the mound Friday night for the Owls, though the team has not confirmed if he will still make the start. Miednik’s younger sister was in school during Wednesday’s shooting but escaped unharmed from the tragedy, which left 17 students and faculty dead before shooter Nikolas Cruz was arrested later that afternoon.