Ravens’ fans going to Canton, Ohio, this weekend to watch the organization’s first ever draft pick, left tackle Jonathan Ogden, get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame will get early exposure to the NFL’s new stadium entrance policy.
The policy, which will be implemented for the first time at Saturday’s induction ceremony and Sunday’s Hall of Fame game at Fawcett Stadium, limits the size and types of bags that will be allowed into stadiums during the 2013-14 season.
Prohibited items include purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags.
Fans will be allowed to enter stadium gates with bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12 x 6 x12 in size, one gallon clear plastic freezer bags, and small clutch bags approximately the size of a hand.
An exception could be made for medical-necessary items after inspection at a stadium gate.
Jeff Miller, the NFL’s chief security office, told The Sun’s Childs Walker that league officials expect the changes to make stadiums safer and to expedite the stadium entry process once fans are familiar with the new rules.
"Just bear with us for the first few weeks,” said Miller. “It will take a little time for everyone to understand what we’re doing. But once everything is in place, we think fans and staff will see an overall improvement.”
The NFL is encouraging fans as the season approaches to visit individual team websites for specific stadium information about the policy.