NFL game-day ban on all but clutches and clear plastic bags coming to San Diego
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The Chargers and National Football League announced
Monday that purses, backpacks and camera bags will be among the items banned at
games league-wide this year, including those at Qualcomm Stadium in Mission
At a news conference this morning, league officials said fans will only
be allowed to bring to games a clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bag that doesn't
exceed 12-by-6 inches, or a clear 1-gallon freezer bag, plus a small clutch.
Purses larger than clutches, backpacks, camera bags, coolers,
briefcases, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, seat cushions and
computer bags will be prohibited.
The bans are in part a response to the bombings at the Boston Marathon
in April, according to the NFL.
“Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment,” said
Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer. “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
The league said the bag policy has been used effectively for college
games at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Penn State
Exceptions to the bag policy will be made for medical reasons, after a
The restrictions will go into effect Thursday, when the Chargers open
their home exhibition schedule against the Seattle Seahawks.
The Chargers' season ticket holders have received approved clear plastic
bags with the team's logo.
One-gallon ziplock bags with a copy of the policy will be handed out at
trolley locations and stadium parking lot entrances.
The team said additional employees will be on hand to screen fans for
violations before they get to the gates. Single-game ticket purchasers will get
policy information via email when they buy or transfer tickets.