If you're a football fan used to bringing large bags or purses to your favorite NFL stadium, you may wind up surprised this season.
The National Football League has implemented a ban on large bags and purses at NFL stadiums this season in an effort to provide a safer environment for fans and expedite entry into stadiums.
Game-day fans will be permitted to carry items in a clear, plastic Ziploc or similar bag. Yet, unlike the mandatory maximum size of a quart permitted at airports by the Transportation Security Administration, NFL security allows fans to carry up to a one-gallon size bag. Small clutch-type purses can be carried inside stadiums, as can bags or purses no bigger than a hand. However, these bags must be carried inside the gallon-size plastic bag.
Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12" are also permitted. The NFL now sells these bags, with team branding, at club merchandise outlets or at nflshop.com.
Fans who show up with larger or unapproved carrying cases will be turned away by security at stadium turnstyles.
The NFL says they review security policies prior to each new season, but this year also took into account the bombings at the Boston Marathon. They say their policies evolve over the years to account for the realities of public safety while keeping game day as stress-free as possible for fans.
All teams in the league have already adopted the policy, including the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
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