NFL's No-Purse Policy Infuriates Female Fans

The NFL's No-Purse Policy was met with plenty of antagonism from the league's female fans.

Aug 19 2013, 8:00pm CDT | by

NFL's No-Purse Policy Infuriates Female Fans
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The NFL's No-Purse policy isn't exactly a hit among the league's female fans.

Since the NFL preseason games kicked off this month, many female fans are infuriated with the league's new policy which is meant as an additional security measure. This prohibits them from bringing their purses into the stadiums, with one fan in Indianapolis reportedly disallowed from bringing her newly-purchased bag from the Colts Pro Shop into Lucas Oil Stadium, per USA Today Sports' Nate Scott.

Scott also compiled several tweets from these fans.  

"Attention ladies: if you go to NFL games you can no longer bring a purse. Saints wouldn't let me bring in a very small one last night."

"Just had to throw my purse away thanks to new NFL rules"

"If I were a thief, I would show up to an nfl game. I would say at least 50% of all cars will have a purse in it. #ihatefootball." 

Tim Townsend of the St. Louis Post-Disptach writes several videos of female fans' ordeals at NFL stadiums were posted on YouTube. Among these were the long lines at a temporary bag check at the Atlanta Falcons' Georgia Dome and confusion at the San Francisco 49ers Candlestick Park.  

Two fans by the names of Lauren LaBorde and Collen Allerton went so far as to post a YouTube video satire entitled "My Purse, My Choice" in which one of them declares,"We take these rules as an attack on women and our freedom of choice. We're tired of men telling us what to do with our bags." 

According to Danielle Cox of, LaBorde and Allerton are two performers from The New Movement Theater in New Orleans. Their two-minute video satire was filmed by Chad Bower. 

The NFL's official website clearly states the implementation of this security measure as approved by the league's NFL Committee on Stadium Security in May. Among the only bags that are allowed inside NFL stadiums are those made of clear plastic, vinyl of PVC that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12" as well as one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags. 



Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.


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