FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Bring yourself to the game. Leave the cooler and backpack at home.
The NFL is tightening stadium security starting this preseason, limiting the size and type of bags fans can bring to the game.
The restrictions are designed to enhance security while speeding up entry into stadiums.
With the exception of medically necessary items, only clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches will be allowed. One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags also will be OK, as will small clear plastic bags about the size of someones hand, with or without a handle or strap.
One clear bag and a small clutch bag will be allowed per person. Binoculars, cameras and smartphones also will be permitted.
Banned items will include purses larger than a clutch bag; coolers; briefcases; backpacks; fanny packs; cinch bags; seat cushions; luggage; computer bags; and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.
Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment, Jeffrey Miller, the NFLs chief security officer, said Thursday. Public safety is our top priority. This will make the job of checking items much more efficient and effective.
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Around the NHL
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Track & Field
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