NLF's bag policy change bans all bags bigger than size of clutch

June 14, 2013 3:01:04 PM PDT
As any football fan will tell you, the NFL season begins in 84 days. But this years Texans fans are banned from taking a numbers of things into the Reliant Stadium, things that were allowed in before now.

The NBA finals may be on TV, but the new restrictions at NFL games are what people are talking about.

"I don't know that I'm on board with all of it. I can understand but I'm not on board," Texans fan Mia Bogerty said.

Following a new league-wide policy, the Texans will now prohibit fans from entering Reliant Stadium with a wide range of bags. The policy is designed "to provide a safer environment... and significantly expedite fan entry."

But many just call it inconvenient.

"As a woman, I think it's kind of unfair because we do need it for babies and our purses as well, so I just think they need to hire more people and have more people at the entrance so we can make it a little easier for us to get through," Texans fan Ashanti Christophe said.

What's not allowed are purses larger than a clutch, 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.

Chad Stanley takes issue.

"Terrible, terrible idea. Gotta have a seat cushion. Have you sat in those bleachers? Terrible, terrible," he said.

The new restrictions were even the topic of conversation on Sports Radio 610 Thursday night.

Many believe the new policy will spoil their game experience.

"Don't limit us to the size of our bag. You don't limit a woman's bag," Bogerty said.

The NFL is encouraging fans to refrain from bringing any type of bags but if they do, they must meet the following requirements:

  • 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 are available through club merchandise outlets or at nflshop.com)
  • 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 at a gate designated for this purpose.
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