With the tragic events such as the Boston Bombings and the seemingly increasing threats at public venues, the NFL has stepped up its security policies to help prevent such incidents from occurring at football stadiums nationwide.
In an effort to improve fan safety and expedite entry into the stadiums, the NFL Committee on Stadium Security voted unanimously to implement a policy which would ban large bags, backpack and handbags into the stadium.
According to NFL.com
The restrictions are designed to enhance security while speeding up entry into stadiums.
With the exception of medically necessary items, only clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches will be allowed. One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags also will be OK, as will small clear plastic bags approximately the size of someone’s hand, with or without a handle or strap.
One of those clear bags and a small clutch bag will be allowed per person.
Binoculars, cameras, and smartphones also will be permitted.
Banned items will include purses larger than a clutch bag; coolers; briefcases; backpacks; fanny packs; cinch bags; seat cushions; luggage; computer bags; and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.
The league is encouraging fans not to bring any bags to games.
“Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment,” Jeffrey Miller, the NFL’s chief security officer, said Thursday. “Public safety is our top priority. This will make the job of checking items much more efficient and effective. We will be able to deliver a better and quicker experience at the gates and also provide a safer environment. We appreciate our fans’ cooperation.”
This new policy will certainly be viewed as an inconvenience by many fans, especially families and those with small children, but it is quite possibly a necessary inconvenience to ensure our safety.
We know that change is sometimes hard to accept, but at the end of the day our safety must supersede convenience. The key for fans will be to plan ahead and be prepared when attending an NFL game this season.
For more information on the new policy, please visit www.nfl.com/allclear.
So pack your zip lock bags and let’s get ready for some football!