Navy adopts new clear bag policy for sporting events

Susan Jurewicz, of Bedford, Mas., carries her belongings in a clear plastic bag as she arrives with her husband David Jurewicz, at Gillette Stadium for an NFL preseason football game between the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. For security, the NFL has implemented a policy to limit the size and type of bags that fans can bring into all stadiums for games. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)(AP/Michael Dwyer)

Don’t get caught off guard if you head to any Navy sporting events in Annapolis, Maryland. Navy Athletics has adopted a new clear bag policy that limits the size and style of bags that can be carried in the stadium.

What is permitted? Fans may bring clear bags no larger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 6 inches or small clutch purses no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Blankets, seat cushions, diaper bags, umbrella strollers and video cameras are also permitted. All items will be inspected. 

If you show up with a bag that’s not allowed, you will be turned away.

An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a designated stadium gate.

Effective immediately, the policy will prohibit the following items:

  • Backpacks
  • Computer bags
  • Purses
  • Fanny packs
  • Brief Cases
  • Binocular cases (binoculars allowed but cases are not)
  • Camera cases
  • Tote Bags
  • Firearms
  • Bottles (glass or plastic)
  • Cans
  • Thermoses
  • Coolers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Outside food or drink
  • Large bags
  • Folding chairs
  • Umbrellas
  • Professional cameras and tripods
  • Noise makers
  • Hanging banners, signs, sticks
  • Chains
  • Illegal substances
  • Laser pointers
  • Clothing containing language
  • Large strollers
  • Fireworks
  • Aerosol cans
  • Pets
  • Pepper spray
  • Any other items deemed by management to be dangerous or inappropriate

Navy Athletics hopes the new policy will enhance public safety and make access to the stadium more efficient.

“The public deserves to be in a safe, secure environment. This is about both safety and improving the overall fan experience,” Navy said on its website.

Want an approved clear bag that also reps your team? The first 20,000 fans at the home opener on Aug. 31 will receive an official Navy branded clear bag.

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