Drop the purse, ma’am: NFL restricts bags

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RENTON, Wash. – The new league-wide bag policy goes into effect for the Seahawks versus Broncos preseason game on Saturday, Aug. 17. The new measures are designed to enhance public safety and expedite entry into the stadium, the Seahawks said in a press release.

Fans will be allowed to carry one of the following style and size bag, package, or container into CenturyLink Field, according to the NFL.

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12.”
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar).
  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

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

The team will staff three temporary Bag Check Stations, two in the north parking lot and one at the southwest entrance of the CenturyLink Field Event Center. Fans may choose to deposit their bag but must retrieve it within one hour of the completion of the game. Bags will be kept for 30 days and if remain unclaimed will be donated to a local non-profit, the Hawks said.

The NFL Committee on Stadium Security in May unanimously recommended the implementation of the bag restrictions to, “enhance public safety and make it easier for fans to gain access to all stadiums.”

For more on the NFL ruling and diagrams of the maximum bag size, click here.

From Seahawks.com

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  • Xuven

    It's the NFL …it has nothing to do with public safety , the NFL could care less about your safety ….it only cares about your $$$$$$… Soon the bulky cold weather parkas won't be allow…..but you will be able to rent one the same with cushions. As far as coolers why you can't bring you drinks anyway. I can see one bag especially camera bags the lenses can easily cost hundreds to thousands of $$$ .. But the camera thing is because the NFL wants you to buy the photos from a licensed seller ..they don't make any $$$$ if you take your owne… And remember that according to that disclaimer you hear at the end of every game, technically when you go back to work on Monday and talk about the game with your friends you are breaking the law…. Ok I am done ranting…..lol….any way. GO HAWKS!!!!!

  • Kendra Kroll

    new Bag policy need not be a big deal if you plan in advance and know about solutions…I say we should just WEAR what we need, so no babysitting that (clear) bag necessary! I use PortaPocket and Scottevest to do this…even beyond the games …every day. They give me hands-free FREEDOM. And I never have to wonder where my ID, cards, $ or cell phone is….

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