A new NFL bag policy goes into effect at CenturyLink field this Saturday for the first 2013 home preseason game against the Broncos. On their website, the Seahawks say their new security measure is designed to enhance public safety and expedite entry into the stadium.
Fans will be allowed the following items:
- Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12."
- One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc 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.
The Seahawks will distribute approved bags at this Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos and at the September 15 game against the 49ers. If fans arrive unprepared for the new policy, there will be three temporary Bag Check Stations.
Some fans have expressed concern for the new bag policy, specifically that the bags won't be available in advance.
"I did my due diligence, tried to plan in advance, obtain one of these bags, and to my surprise, there were just simply no bags available for the public," said fan Paul Veilleux.
Paul says he's checked at the ticket office, the team store, and even online. He's had no luck buying an NFL-approved clear bag before the first game, and feels the Seahawks should've been better prepared.
He also says their plan to hand out free bags during Saturday's game could be disastrous.
"To be in a line where you have to check a bag with 70,000 other fans, that could be problematic," he said.
The NFL updated its bag policy after the Boston Marathon Bombings. Most fans KING 5 spoke with are supportive of the push for better security and safety.
Still, many female fans weren't comfortable with the idea of leaving their purses at a bag check station.
"That's sketchy," said Nikki Jones. "It's going to be a little tough, there will probably be a lot of angry people," she said.