Adding clarity to the NFL’s new bag rule

Last week’s announcement of an improved public safety policy at CenturyLink Field prompted a lot of questions about what type of bags, items, and clothing are and are not OK to bring into the Seahawks’ stadium moving forward. Our FAQ does a good job at addressing some of those primary concerns, but a few visuals might help you gain a better grasp of what to expect in 2013.

On Tuesday, June 18, NFL Chief Security Officer Jeff Miller appeared on NFL Network’s NFL AM to address the change of policy that will affect each of the League’s 32 clubs. In the video above, Miller explains that creating a secure and safe environment is top of the list for the NFL, especially after the tragic Boston Marathon bombings that took place back in mid-April.

“The bottom line is that our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment,” Miller said. “It is the number one priority of our owners and Commissioner [Roger] Goodell.”

It’s important to remember that you will still be allowed to bring all of the same type of items you were permitted to bring before. The change comes in the type of container you carry those items in with – packs may not exceed a size of 12” x 6” x 12″ and must be made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC. The only exception comes with small clutch hand bags, which may still be carried into the stadium.

While public safety is the driving force behind the change, getting fans into the stadium at a faster rate played a role as well. Long lines have slowed gameday entry into some of the League’s stadiums to a crawl, and the NFL hopes see-through bags will help expedite that process.

“We’re going to be able to move fans more quickly through the gates because it’s a lot easier to screen these clear bags that you can see into,” Miller said. “We believe that this step is a minor step to take to provide a much higher level of public safety in and around our stadiums.”

Below are a few examples of stadium-safe pouch, tote, and cinch bags that will become available at the Seahawks Pro Shop around the middle of August.



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