Planning to head to the Linc this fall? Then you’d better leave those handbags, diaper bags and seat cushions at home. The NFL announced new security measures purported to increase efficiency and security at stadiums around the country that require many football fans to leave much of their usual game day gear at home.
Fans will only be allowed to bring in small clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″. Or, you can make your stadium visit much like the pleasantness of going through airport security by bringing in a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag or a small “clutch bag,” about the size of a hand (with or without a strap).
Keep in mind that, once you enter the facility, there will be nowhere to conveniently place these items other than to lug that Ziploc bag around with you. Sounds entirely pleasant and suitable for most game day experiences, right (not at all)?
Prohibited items will now include: purses larger than a clutch bag (i.e. pretty much all of them), coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.
Blankets will still be allowed for fans to bring in to stadiums.
In sum, bring as little as you can with you. Which will be a far easier task for some fans than others.
As the new policy was handed down by the league, all NFL stadiums must enact the new provisions. This means that the clear bag rule will be in effect for Philadelphia Eagles’ five open practices at Lincoln Financial Field this summer (7/28, 8/5, 8/11, 8/17, 8/26), so be sure to take heed of the changes if you’re planning to head to training camp.
It will be interesting to see if the policy remains as is or if fan feedback will cause for some modifications to the new security rules.