FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons and Georgia Dome officials want to remind fans planning to attend Thursday night’s exhibition game about the new “no outside bag” policy.
The Falcons will face the Jacksonville Jaguars at 7:30 p.m. at the Georgia Dome in their exhibition season finale.
Here is the NFL policy:
To provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite fan entry into stadiums, NFL teams have implemented an NFL policy this year that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into stadiums.
- 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 will be available through club merchandise outlets or at nflshop.com/allclear), or
- 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 bags.
An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose (contact the Georgia Dome in advance to make arrangements.)
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.
The complete info is here nfl.com/allclear
Before the exhibition opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Aug. 8, Georgia Dome officials held “hundreds” of purses for fans.
Despite widespread publicity since the new policy was announced by the NFL in June, several Falcons fans still brought bags and purses to the game.
The NFL, in the name of security, has implemented the “no outside bag” policy league-wide for the 2013 season. In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, the league stopped short of banning all bags and purses from stadiums.
Fans can still bring in their items, but they must be in clear bags that do not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags or in small clutch bags.
At the game against Cincinnati, fans were allowed to check their purses and were given free clear bags. After the game, they could retrieve their bags or purses.
The check-ins were set up in a couple of parking lots, outside the gates and in the Falcons Landing area.
Some fans took to Twitter to call the policy sexist. Others, contended that their purses were given to someone else after the game.
The NFL contends that the policy makes for a safer environment and will help fans get through the gates faster.
“When we play Jacksonville for that last exhibition game, fans can expect the same thing,” said Jason Kirksey, Georgia Dome spokesman. “If you don’t need it, leave it at home. This policy is not going away. It’s an NFL initiative that we’re going to enforce the entire season.”
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