Leave your big purses, backpacks, and even seat cushions at home if you're heading to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game this season; the NFL on Thursday released a list of items fans can no longer bring with them to all football stadiums.
The NFL Committee on Stadium Security said to a provide a "safer environment" and to "expedite fan entry," NFL teams will implement a policy that will limit the size and types of bags that can be brought into stadiums.
Additional banned items include coolers, fanny packs, cinch bags and camera bags. Items that will still be allowed are small clutch purses, bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12'' x 6'' x 12"; and gallon freezer bags.
"Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment," NFL vice president and chief security officer Jeffrey Miller said in a statement. "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."
The new security measures follow the Boston Marathon bombings, during which investigators say the bombers used backpacks to hide explosives. The guidelines, however, don't sit well with some fans.
"I don't think it's really that necessary," said William Bass, who was on his way past Raymond James Stadium Friday morning. "I feel that it's a little too drastic to stop people from bringing purses and things of that nature. I know a lot of women put a lot of their stuff in their purses and that's pretty much their whole life."
This is the first wave of new security measures since 2011, when the league implemented "ankles-up" pat-downs for fans entering stadiums.
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