The NFL reviews its public safety and stadium security policies every year looking for ways to improve them.
The Committee on Stadium Security and Fan Conduct leads this review and obtains a wide range of information to assist in doing so. The committee strongly believed that it made sense to adjust the policy to enhance public safety by limiting the size and style of bags carried into the stadium. This was reviewed with the clubs at the May league meeting and will be implemented by every team. This proactive measure will enhance safety inside and outside the stadium. The public deserves to be in a safe, secure environment. This is about both safety and improving the overall fan experience.
Yes. In fact, some like the University of Michigan, Penn State and Michigan State University do not permit any bags.
The pat downs and metal detector screenings of all individuals entering NFL stadiums provide an additional level of safety for fans. The limitations on bag size and style is a further enhancement for safety and security.
There will be a secondary perimeter around the stadium where security personnel will check for prohibited items or bags being carried toward the stadium so those situations can be corrected immediately. This establishes a protected buffer area for fans in plaza-level areas and at the queues for stadium entry. Prohibited bags will be turned away. Any prohibited bag inside the second perimeter will be highly visible and more quickly resolved. The clear bag is easily and quickly searched and greatly reduces faulty bag searches. It also supports the Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign.
It will make the the Safety Services staff's job much easier, allowing staff to be more efficient and effective in checking bags that are brought into the stadium. Fans also will enjoy an improved sense of safety.
One large clear bag – either a one-gallon Ziploc style bag or the 12” by 6” by 12” clear bag – plus a small clutch. The larger clear bag must be a standard 12” by 6” by 12” made of clear PVC vinyl. The one-gallon Ziploc bag is readily available, inexpensive and easily searched. The small clutch allows privacy for small personal items and also is easily searched.
Yes. Binoculars or a phone or camera can be carried into the stadium so long as it is not in its own bag. This is not a restriction on items that fans have been able to bring into the stadium in the past. It is only a restriction on the type of container used to carry items.
No. Due to the large size and because the way seat cushions are constructed, it could allow them to be used to conceal a potential explosive device. However, seat cushions will be permitted for medical reasons and after proper inspection.
Fans will be able to bring blankets by tossing them over a shoulder or arm. They can be easily screened by security staff.
The NFL is the only professional sports league that has a comprehensive set of best practices for stadium security certified by the Department of Homeland Security as anti-terrorism technologies under the United States SAFETY Act. As such, other professional sports leagues look to the NFL as the leader in stadium and large venue security. Representatives from other stadiums have watched the NFL closely and followed, to the extent possible, security enhancements pioneered by the NFL. We anticipate that many more stadiums and arenas will soon adopt this policy.
Fans carrying bags that do not meet the criteria should be turned away from the stadium well before they reach the gates. As an alternative for guests that have no other option, we will provide the opportunity to temporarily check non-compliant bags at a facility located well outside the bag-restricted area. However, space is limited, so we ask that our fans comply with the security measures prior to approaching the stadium.
There will be designated areas to allow screening of these bags and medically necessary items.
No. Unlike some event venues, we are not banning all bags. Small clutch purses (4.5”x6.5”), with or without a handle or strap, are permitted along with either the 12” by 6” by 12” clear tote bag (or smaller) or the one-gallon freezer bag (or smaller). This should enable you to carry the same items you have in previous years. We encourage fans not to bring any bags, but have created a policy that balances fan needs with improved public safety and convenience.
No. We are limiting only the type of bags carried into the stadium, not items that you normally bring to a game.
Therefore, you can carry in your pockets or jacket keys, makeup, feminine products, comb, phone, wallet, credit cards, etc., if you choose not to put them in a clear bag or clutch. And you can carry a blanket over your arms, and binoculars and/or camera around your neck or in your hands without the case. You can use the clear bag and clutch to carry other items. You will continue to have the flexibility to bring a wide variety of approved items into the stadium. Every member of your family may carry in a permissible bag.
Diapers can be carried in a clear bag. Each member of a family, including children, would be allowed to carry an approved clear bag and a clutch purse into the stadium.
No. Fans will be able to enjoy tailgating activities in the parking lots as usual as long as fans follow the proper policies.
No. However, every New York Giants season ticket holder was provided with one NFL approved clear plastic bag for every two seats on their account and we will have additional NFL approved plastic bags available onsite to assist in the new policy implementation for a limited time.