New NFL policy limits bags allowed inside stadiums

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If you’re heading to a Colts game this season, you’d better leave your bag at home.

The NFL announced a new policy Thursday that will limit the size and type of bags allowed into stadiums. According to league, the rule is meant to streamline security measures and increase public safety. The NFL Committee on Stadium Security unanimously recommended the measure in May.

Fans have a few options for bringing a bag into venues like Lucas Oil Stadium. They can take small, clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bags. The size can’t exceed 12” x 6” x 12”, the league said.

Fans can also bring in a clear, one-gallon plastic freezer bag or small “clutch” bag about the size of a person’s hand. Anything larger won’t be permitted inside the stadium. Prohibited items include purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, computer bags, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage, camera bags or any other bag larger than the 12” x 6” x 12” limit.

There are exceptions for medically necessary items, but those items must be inspected and cleared at the gate.

NFL officials said the change is meant to make sure fans can enjoy a safe and secure experience. The new policy will start during the preseason.

The Indianapolis Colts released a statement about the rule change:

“The Indianapolis Colts are reviewing the new NFL bag policy for fans attending home games at Lucas Oil Stadium during the 2013 season. The Colts will comply with the new rules and will provide detailed information to fans in the near future.”

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