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NFL bans most bags in new stadium safety policy

Leon Halip

If you want to bring a camera to your next Eagles game, be sure to leave its bag in the car. Ladies, if you want to bring your purse... make sure it's a small one. The NFL has issued a new set of safety guidelines for all teams that bans the majority of containers and bags from being brought into the stadium.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, 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.

Here's the list of things the NFL says you can bring.

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12."
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (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.

"Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment," said Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer. "Public safety is our top priority. This will make the job of checking items much more efficient and effective. We will be able to deliver a better and quicker experience at the gates and also provide a safer environment. We appreciate our fans' cooperation."

I certainly get that the NFL wants to keep its fans and employees safe, but I can't help but wonder caused the need for this? What happened that would necessitate banning women from even bringing a purse with a strap on it into a game?

These just seem like such draconian measures that aren't in response to anything particular.

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