The NFL has instituted a new policy that will limit the size and type of bags that fans can bring into stadiums at games.
The policy is intended to improve safety and speed up fans gaining entry into stadiums starting with preseason games this summer, including the Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium.
The NFL Committee on Stadium Security in May unanimously recommended the change, which was discussed at the May league meeting in Boston.
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“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.”
Fans can use the following types of bags, according to the NFL:
"Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.” (Official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags are available through club merchandise outlets or at nflshop.com), or
One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc-type bag or similar).
Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options.
An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.
Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size."
Over the past few years, the Ravens have utilized pat-downs, bag checks and metal detectors as safety measures.
“Our focus is safety at our games, and this new policy helps that,” Ravens team president Dick Cass said. “Plus, with the use of clear bags, entering our stadium will be faster and more convenient."