The NFL is rolling out a new security policy that will limit what fans are allowed to bring into stadiums next season. Though the league is identifying specific sized bags — and other items — that are not allowed, their statement made it clear it could include more (emphasis is mine).
“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,” the league’s statement reads.
Putting nearly 80,000 people in one place always makes it prime for a wacko to try and make a statement. That means increased security is a necessity, but will also be a difficult transition for fans that are used to doing things a certain way.
It will be especially tough on fans that park far away from the stadium and don’t realize an item is illegal until they get to the gate. With kickoff moments away, do they then need to turn around a take the long trip back to their car? What if they don’t have a car to come back to?
With clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags smaller than 12″ x 6″ x 12″ (of course you can BUY team versions online now!) and one-gallon clear Ziploc bags allowed, hopefully the league helps subsidize the purchase of clear bags. This would allow teams to have something for fans that need to carry more items than will fit into bags “approximately the size of a hand”.
Chiefs President Mark Donovan said in a statement the team is trying to make Arrowhead “a safe and enjoyable environment for our fans. This new policy will enhance those efforts.
It should be noted that tailgating will not be changed in any way. These improvements will only apply to what fans can bring into the stadium.