SEC, Mizzou adopt clear bag policy for football games
COLUMBIA - The Southeastern Conference and Mizzou athletics are mimicking the National Football League and its initiative to keep game days safe for fans by implementing a clear bag policy for football games.
Mizzou athletics announced Wednesday the security policy will take effect for the Tigers home opener against Missouri State at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 2, 2017.
"SEC football stadiums are among the largest venues in the world of sports, so safety and security are issues that must always remain a priority for our events," said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. "We believe this policy is an important enhancement to the security measures already put in place by our institutions."
Like the NFL's policy, only bags that meet the following guidelines will be allowed into Memorial Stadium and other SEC venues:
- Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"
- One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc or similar)
- Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5" x 6.5", about the size of a hand
Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after inspection at a gate specifically for fans with medical devices that require a bag.
According to the guidelines, an approved logo no larger than 4.5" x 3.4" is allowed on one side of a regulated clear bag. Bags that will not be allowed into the stadium include purses larger than a clutch, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs that are not clear, camera bags, binocular bags and any bag larger than the sizes stated above.
Fans will still be allowed to bring cameras and binoculars in their approved bags.
Make sure you're prepared for the 2017 Mizzou football season by checking if your game day bag meets the requirements above. To brush up on what's allowed inside the stadium, visit the Mizzou athletics website.
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