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NFL tightens stadium security

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The NFL announced today stricter rules when it comes to what fans will be allowed to bring into the stadiums.

The Committee on Stadium Security unanimously recommended enhancing public safety, making it easier for fans to gain access to all stadiums. While the NFL encourages fans to not bring any type of bag, today they did outline what is allowed starting this preseason.

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x12. (Official
  • NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags are available through club merchandise
    outlets or at nflshop.com), or
  • 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 can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bag options.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

In the release, the NFL listed prohibited items including: 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.

"Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment," said Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer in a release by the NFL. "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."

Although the league reviews their public safety security every year, the NFL did admit that the bombing at the Boston Marathon was a factor in the new measures being approved.

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