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Yankees announce improved security and entrance measures for fans

A general exterior view of the stadium is

A general exterior view of the stadium is seen as fans line up to enter to watch the New York Yankees play against the Detroit Tigers during Game 1 of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 13, 2012.

The Yankees announced a new plan on Wednesday morning for improved security and faster entry for fans at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees said in a news release that they will partner with CLEAR, a secure biometric identity platform sanctioned by Major League Baseball and currently serving 12 airports in the U.S., including Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Miami, San Francisco and Westchester County in the northern suburbs.

The new plan begins on Friday for ticketholders for the Yankees, NYCFC and other events held at the Stadium who are registered by CLEAR. Those fans registered with CLEAR will be able to use "Fast Access" entryways immediately, which will allow quicker entry into the Stadium.

Fans can register for CLEAR with a representative at a tent located outside of Gate 4 on Yankees and NYCFC game days. Registration is free. If approved, activation of the CLEAR service is immediate. The "Fast Access" entry lanes will be located at Gate 2 (Jerome Avenue and E. 164th Street) for all ticketholders and the Suite Entrance (next to Gate 4 on E. 161st Street) for suite ticketholders.

"Ensuring the safety of our guests is our top priority at every event held at Yankee Stadium," Yankees Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Lonn Trost said in the news release. "At the same time, we are continually looking to improve upon every aspect of the fan experience. Our partnership with CLEAR has the dual benefit of allowing us to augment our standard of security while providing better game day service to our guests."

CLEAR also has partnerships with the San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park and the Colorado Rockies' Coors Field.

All bags brought into the Stadium -- including by CLEAR registrants -- will continue to require screening by security personnel.

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