Raiders Implement NFL Bag Policy

August 19, 2014 - garden totes

To yield a safer sourroundings for a open and significantly support fan opening into Coliseum, a Oakland Raiders are implementing an NFL routine that boundary a distance and form of bags that might be brought into a stadium.

The NFL Committee on Stadium Security in May unanimously endorsed a doing of this magnitude that will raise open reserve and make it easier for fans to benefit opening in all stadiums. It was discussed with all clubs during a May joining assembly and will be implemented during all NFL stadiums commencement with preseason games.

The group strongly encourages fans to not pierce any form of bags, though summarized currently what is permissible. Fans will be means to lift a following character and distance bag, package, or enclosure during track piazza areas, track gates, or when coming reserve lines of fans accessible opening into a stadium:


  • Bags that are transparent plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not surpass 12” x 6” x 12.” (Official NFL group trademark transparent cosmetic receptacle bags are accessible by bar sell outlets or during, or


  • One-gallon transparent cosmetic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).


  • Small squeeze bags, approximately a distance of a hand, with or though a hoop or strap, might be carried into a track along with one of a transparent bag options.


  • An difference will be done for medically required equipment after correct investigation during a embankment designated for this purpose.


Prohibited equipment include, though are not singular to: purses incomparable than a squeeze bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, string bags, luggage of any kind, chair cushions, mechanism bags and camera bags or any bag incomparable than a slight size.

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Fans will continue to be means to suffer their tailgate activities in a parking lots and to do so with incomparable reserve and a believe that their opening into a track will be smoother and faster.

In new years a group has extended a already extensive reserve skeleton with a additional measures such as pat downs, bag checks and steel detectors. 

“Our fans merit to be in a stable and secure environment,” pronounced Jeffrey Miller, NFL clamp boss and arch confidence officer. “Public reserve is a tip priority. This will make a pursuit of checking equipment most some-more fit and effective.  We will be means to broach a softened and quicker knowledge during a gates and also yield a safer environment. We conclude a fans’ cooperation.”

This open reserve magnitude is being successfully used during other vast venues. The University of Michigan, Penn State University and Michigan State University do not assent any bags.

Working personnel, including media, will continue to enter NFL stadiums by designated gates where they will be theme to screening and bag inspections already in outcome during all stadiums.

Public Safety and Stadium Access Policy FAQ

Why did a NFL and a clubs adopt this policy?

The joining and clubs examination their open reserve and track confidence policies any year looking for ways to urge them. The Committee on Stadium Security and Fan Conduct leads this examination and obtains a far-reaching operation of information to support in doing so. The cabinet strongly believed that it done clarity to adjust a routine to raise open reserve and make track opening some-more fit by tying a distance and character of bags carried into a stadium. This was reviewed with a clubs during a May joining assembly and will be implemented by any team.

This active magnitude both will raise reserve inside and outward a track and speed a confidence screening routine for all NFL fans. The open deserves to be in a safe, secure environment. This is about both reserve and improving a altogether fan experience.

Was this step taken since of what happened during a Boston Marathon?

That was a cause to take into account, certainly, though we refurbish and urge a routine any year. It has developed so that we can continue to adjust to a realities of open safety. We had been deliberating a new proceed to bag restrictions before a Boston Marathon incident. We have come adult with a proceed to do it that will indeed make opening some-more accessible for fans than it has been. We cruise a fans will welcome and conclude it.

Are other events tying bags?

Yes. In fact, some like a University of Michigan, Penn State, and Michigan State University do not assent any bags, while a TD Garden in Boston usually permits squeeze bags. The pat downs and steel detector screenings of all people entering NFL stadiums yield an additional turn of reserve for fans. The stipulations on bag distance and character is a serve encouragement for preference and safety.

How does a new routine urge open safety?

There will be a delegate fringe around a track where confidence crew will check for taboo equipment or bags being carried toward a track so those situations can be corrected immediately. This establishes a stable aegis area for fans in plaza-level areas and during a queues for track entry. Prohibited bags will be incited away. Any taboo bag inside a second fringe will be rarely manifest and some-more fast resolved.

The transparent bag is simply and fast searched and severely reduces inadequate bag searches. It also supports the Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign.

How does this make it some-more accessible for fans?

This will capacitate us to pierce fans by a confidence check points most faster. A customary distance bag eliminates a need for bag templates to check bag sizes. It will make a stadium’s pursuit most easier, permitting staff to be some-more fit and effective in checking bags that are brought into a stadium. There will be reduction time spent station in lines during a track gates and fans will be means to be in their seats good before kickoff. Fans also will suffer an softened clarity of safety. Shorter lines meant fewer hassles.

Will teams be creation income from offered group identified bags to fans?

There are a accumulation of options, including a transparent 12” by 6” by 12” bag with no blurb marker or an inexpensive Ziploc bag. In addition, fans might lift their possess tiny clutches. For fans who wish to squeeze group trademark bags, they will be available.

How many bags can any chairman pierce into a stadium?

One vast transparent bag – possibly a one-gallon Ziploc character bag or a 12” by 6” by 12” transparent bag – and a tiny clutch. The incomparable transparent bag contingency be a customary 12” by 6” by 12” done of transparent PVC vinyl and is simply searched. The one-gallon Ziploc bag is straightforwardly available, inexpensive and simply searched. The tiny squeeze allows remoteness for tiny personal equipment and also is simply searched.

Can fans lift cameras, binoculars, intelligent phones or tables alone from what they put in a transparent bag?

Yes. Binoculars or a phone or camera can be carried into a track so prolonged as it is not in a possess bag. This is not a limitation on equipment that fans have been means to pierce into a stadium. It is usually a limitation on a form of enclosure used to lift items.

Are chair cushions authorised to be carried into a stadium?

No, they are not due to a vast distance and since a proceed chair cushions are assembled would concede them to be used to disguise a intensity bomb device.

What about bringing blankets in cold weather?

Fans will be means to pierce blankets by tossing them over a shoulder or arm as they do in Green Bay. They can be simply screened carrying a sweeping into a stadium.

Why haven’t some-more stadiums and arenas adopted this kind of policy?

The NFL is a usually veteran sports joining that has a extensive set of best practices for track confidence authorized by a Department of Homeland Security as anti-terrorism technologies underneath a United States Safety Act. As such, other professional sports leagues demeanour to a NFL as a personality in track and vast venue security. Other stadiums have watched a NFL closely and followed, to a border possible, confidence enhancements pioneered by a NFL. We expect that many some-more stadiums and arenas will shortly adopt this policy.

What happens if we uncover adult during a embankment with a bag that is not permitted?

Fans carrying bags that do not accommodate a criteria will be incited divided from a track good before they strech a gates. Stadiums are speedy to say an plenty supply of transparent cosmetic receptacle bags or transparent cosmetic freezer bags to means guest a event to send their effects to an authorized bag before they proceed a stadium. As an alternative for guest that have no other option, stadiums are speedy to cruise providing a event to temporarily check non-compliant bags during a trickery located good outward a bag-restricted area.

If we have certain equipment that we need to pierce into a track for medical reasons and they won’t fit in a transparent bag, what do we do?

There will be a apart opening to concede screening of these bags and medically required items. 

What are some examples of how NFL track reserve has developed in new years?

The NFL’s Best Practices for Stadium Security was a outcome of a extensive analysis of track confidence risks undertaken after a militant conflict on Sep 11, 2001.

  • In Sep 2001,  the joining bureau established a Task Force of league, club, and track executives to make recommendations on NFL confidence matters relations to fans, teams and stadiums.
  • November 2001, a NFL released a Best Practices for Stadium Security. The executive components specific to confidence checkpoint procedures were: 1) Continue stream search criteria, including a breach of coolers, backpacks, vast bags, explosives and weapons; and 2) Ensure adequate staff is accessible during gates to well hoop a inspections. Search all equipment authorised into a track and pat down coats and visually check outdoor clothing.
  • In Jun 2005, a following was combined to a Best Practices for Stadium Security in anxiety to earthy searches during confidence checkpoints: “Facility government should be prepared to exercise additional screening measures should Department of Homeland Security rouse a warning level.”
  • In Nov 2007, The following was combined to a Best Practices for Stadium Security in anxiety to a hunt of bags available inside a stadium: “Use a template during any open opening embankment to uncover acceptable package size.” Also, a hunt of persons was extended to embody a physical pat down of guests underneath a following recommendation: “NFL Policy requires visible investigation and singular pat-downs of all patrons, employees, vendors and diversion prolongation crew after lockdown of a trickery has occurred on diversion days.”
  • In Sep 2011, a NFL endorsed to a clubs that a singular pat-down searches conducted during all NFL stadiums be stretched to include: “a pat-down of a area from a knees down to a ankles in an bid to brand any secluded weapons.”
  • In Jun 2012, a following was combined to a Best Practices for Stadium Security in anxiety to earthy searches during track confidence check points: “NFL Policy requires visible investigation and metal detector screening (hand-held or walk-through) of all patrons, employees, vendors, and diversion prolongation crew after lockdown of a trickery has occurred on diversion days.”
  • In Jun 2013, restrictions on specific bags, containers, and packages available inside stadiums were unanimously endorsed by a NFL Committee on Stadium Security after contention with all 32 teams.

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