A quick news update for a sleepy Friday morning: You may not be able to bring that giant bag full of Doritos into the stadium next year.
The new rule is aimed at safety, and it's kind of surprising the league hasn't done something like this earlier, given very real security concerns around packing tens of thousands of people into a single stadium. Here's a guide to what will and will not be allowed, directly from the NFL:
The NFL strongly encourages fans to not bring any type of bags, but outlined Thursday what is permissible. Beginning with preseason games, fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container at stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium:
Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.
- Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12." (Official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags are available through OfficialFalconsGear.com)
- One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
- Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bag options.
- An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.
So there you have it. Is this a hardship for you?