Going to a Packers game this season? Leave your bags at home
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GREEN BAY - The NFL revealed a new policy Thursday, which will limit the items you will be able to bring into an NFL stadium starting this season.
The NFL Committee on Stadium Security "unanimously recommended" the new rules, according to Gregg Rosenthal with NFL.com.
"Beginning with preseason games, fans will have only be allowed to brin in small clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12," the NFL told Rosenthal.
Fans will also be able to bring in a "one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag".
"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," the NFL explained.
The Packers later clarified the rule on seat cushions, saying that some seat cushions will now be allowed inside the stadium on game days. Only cushions with concealed pockets will be banned at Lambeau Field and other stadiums in the league.
The Packers responded to the new rules Thursday.
“Public safety will continue to be a top priority at Lambeau Field,” said Doug Collins, Packers director of security/risk management. “We have appreciated the cooperation of our fans in the past and look forward to their continued support with this enhancement in providing a safe gameday environment.”
The NBA adopted a similar procedure earlier this year, no longer allowing large bags into their arenas.
"Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment," NFL vice president and chief security officer Jeffrey Miller explained to Rosenthal. "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."