Taking babies and toddlers to NFL games will be a trickier proposition due to a new stadium bag policy the league unveiled Thursday.
Citing the need to maintain security and decrease entry lines into stadiums, the NFL is prohibiting fans from bringing in any bag larger than a “small clutch” or a one-gallon clear freezer bag. The typical diaper bag far exceeds the new regulations.
The league wrote in a statement, “Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.”
Fans will be allowed to enter with small, clear bags that don’t exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items.
“Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment,” NFL vice president and chief security officer Jeffrey Miller said. “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.”
The announcement comes approximately two months after a deadly bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Law-enforcement officials believe the bombs were carried to the site in backpacks.