Despite the warnings and reports during pre-season about the NFL’s new bag policy, the truth is that many NFL fans didn’t pay attention until it was time for them to go to the game. So on the very first game of the season, many female panthers fans were caught off guard. In June, theNFL announced their new stadium bag new policy. They laid out the fine print on a special webpage, official videos were given to teams, and to help make the policy clear, the Carolina Panthers and the NFL, posted a chart of do’s and don’ts on their website.
Approved bags are transparent plastic or vinyl bag, maximum size 12" x 6" x 12”. You can also bring a small purse 4.5” x 6.5”. NFL stadiums will also allow plastic Ziploc bags, much to the dismay of one Panther’s fan...
“ I’m sorry, I don’t live by a Ziploc bag. If I’m taking my leftovers to work, that’s fine. But you know what? I have a little bit more class than that.”
To help the transition, the Panthers gave most season tickets holders the clear tote with their logo on it. But women protest that there are just some items in their bags that don’t need to be seen: like sanitary napkins.
And then there’s the part of the policy about the seat pads: cushions can’t have zippers, clasps, and can’t be vinyl. One man felt that the policy was a cover for another issue that stadiums deal with…
“ I think it’s silly. I think it’s also nothing but an excuse because they are tired of people trying to bring stuff in their stadium and they’re using a tragedy in Boston for an excuse for safety.”
Other things on the list of prohibited items were backpacks, big purses and even fanny packs.
Since August Charlotte Today has tried to reach the NFL for a statement on camera. Instead we were continually referred to the statement on their website:
“to provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite fan entry into stadiums”
So faster lines is the hope and goal, but on this first game of the season, female Panthers fans were not turned away with their oversized purses. They were in fact welcomed with open arms to see their team play.
Bank of America stadium did allow oversized purses for the first game only. Starting this Sunday, when the Panthers play the New York Giants they will enforce their bag policy. And talking to some NFL insiders, people that work for different NFL teams, they don’t think they will budge on this policy.
To view the NFL’s official statement, www.nfl.com/qs/allclear/index.jsp