NFL's New Bag Policy Meant to Improve Public Safety

The NFL’s new bag policy will be implemented beginning the 2013 season to increase public safety and expedite entry ino the league’s stadiums.’s Gregg Rosenthal reports the NFL Committee on Stadium Security in May unanimously recommended the implementation of the measure. Fans will only be able to bring small bags into stadiums at the very most. They will only be allowed to bring in small clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12″x6″x12″, Rosenthal says. 

A one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag like a ziploc is also allowed. Medically necessary items will be the exception. They will only be cleared for entry upon inspection at the stadium entrance. ESPN adds binoculars, cameras and smartphones will also be permitted

A press release from the NFL specifically outlined some of the prohibited items.

“Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.”

A secondary buffer area well outside the stadium will be established where security personnel will check for prohibited items or bags being carried toward the ballpark. Fans with prohibited bags will be turned away until they dispose of those bags. 

Jeffrey Miller, the NFL’s chief security officer, says public safety is his team’s top priority. The new measure will also allow for a better and quicker experience at stadium gates. 

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