To improve security at football games, the Southeastern Conference implemented a policy that regulates the size and types of bags allowed in SEC stadiums.
After several SEC stadiums adopted the clear bag policy last season, the entire SEC will enforce the policy for the 2017 season and beyond.
"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," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. "We believe this policy is an important enhancement to the security measures already put in place by our institutions."
While fans are encouraged to avoid bringing any type of bag inside SEC football stadiums, there are a few approved items:
- Clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12". An approved logo no larger than 4.5" x 3.4" may be displayed on one side of a permissible clear bag.
- One-gallon or smaller clear plastic freezer bags
- Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that are no larger than 4.5" x 6.5"
SEC stadiums will make an exceptation for medically necessary items once they are thoroughly inspected at the gate.
Large purses, backpacks, duffel bags, diaper bags, fanny packs, drawstring backpacks, camera bags and non-clear tote bags are prohibited. A full list of prohibited items can be found on UGA’s official website.
Fans will still be able to bring items such as binoculars and cameras into stadiums if they are in clear bags.
For frequently asked questions about what other items are permissible inside SEC stadiums and visuals of which bags are allowed, visit UGA’s official website.