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Nobody likes change but I’m going to be blunt here, the world we live in has changed greatly since the events of 9/11, misguided, ill individuals choose public places, including sporting events to cause harm to others in the name of making themselves heard. Security measures are now required at many public gatherings and the NFL would like you to know about a change in policy regarding what sort of bag you will be allowed to bring with you to the football stadium. Coolers and backpacks have been prohibited since 2001, this year, the NFL is following the lead of other pro leagues and college stadiums in limiting the type of bag that can be carried into the stadium. The new NFL All Clear Stadium Bag policy is simple, easy to understand and implement while also taking into consideration those with special medical needs. This will not only help us all be safer but it will also greatly speed up the security check point process for entering the game.
What items are Prohibited?
In addition to coolers and backpacks that have been prohibited since 2001, you will no longer be allowed to bring in the following:Any purse larger than a clutch bag, fanny packs, cinch bags, computer bags, briefcases, luggage, diaper bags, camera bags or any bag larger than the permitted size. Seat cushions with zippers, compartments or pockets.
So What Can I Bring To the Game?
- Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.” (Official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags will be available through club merchandise outlets or at nflshop.com/allclear), or One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar that you can bring from home)
- You can carry in your keys, makeup, feminine products, comb, phone, wallet, credit cards, cash in the pocket of your jacket or sweater
- You may carry cameras, binoculars and smartphones around your neck with a strap or in your hands.
- a blanket carried over your arm or shoulder
- Approved seat cushions
What About Needed Medical Equipment and Baby Care items?
Each family member can bring one clear bag into the stadium, diapers, wipes and other baby care essentials can be carried in the bags. If you nurse and need to carry a breast pump or if you require other medically necessary devices you can enter through a special check point for those carrying these devices.
What About Tailgate Parties?
Your parking lot party traditions can continue without change and with the added comfort and reassurance of knowing that the parking lots are being patrolled by security personnel. Plus, the check point process of getting into the game will be streamlined and much quicker!
This is a pain, what’s in it for me?
Change, it’s a hard thing but we live in a world that has changed since the events of 9/11, here in New England the tragedy of those events has heightened since the bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013. The NFL All Clear bag policy aims to make attending a game safer for us all, these changes will also speed up the process at security check points, less time waiting in line, more time in your seat enjoying festivities before the game. Being able to exit your seat to get to the restroom without tripping over bag and not risking having beer spilled on an expensive purse are more great benefits!
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And just one more thing! Go Patriots :)
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