Large bags, purses banned from NFL stadiums - WKRN News 2

Large bags, purses banned from NFL stadiums

Posted: Updated: Aug 2, 2013 03:53 PM CDT

Titans fans and NFL fans around the league won't be allowed to bring large bags and purses into stadiums this year.  Only small "clutch" bags no larger than 4.5 inches tall and 6.5 inches wide will be permitted.

League officials say the new policy, unveiled last month, will speed up entry into games and promote public safety in light of the Boston Marathon bombing.

"It's something that the league wants to take a proactive stance on rather than ever having to take a reactive stance on," Don MacLachlan, Executive Vice President of the Tennessee Titans, explained.

In addition to clutches, larger, clear bags are also permitted as long as they don't exceed 12 inches tall, by 12 inches wide by six inches deep.  Clear one-gallon plastic Ziploc bags are also allowed.

Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items, which will undergo proper inspection at designated gates.

Coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags are also banned.

Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer said, "Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment. Public safety is our top priority. This will make the job of checking items much more efficient and effective."

He continued, "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."

Some Titans fans, particularly female ones, are not on board with this new policy.

"The NFL is crossing the line," said Jordan Douglas, who questions the NFL's new policy.

"That's pretty crazy because people have to bring their stuff in so I would be mad if I couldn't bring my bag in," added Justice Ross.

"The bottom line is this for citizens of Nashville," Metro police Capt. Mike Alexander said.  "They will be safer due to these new restrictions. They will feel safer as they attend these games and that's really the most important message that we want to send to the community."

Metro police officers will be stationed outside the stadium next Thursday before the Titans first preseason game reminding people of the policy.

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