Fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers going to today’s home opener against the New Orleans Saints need to remember the NFL’S new bag policy: only clear bags — 12 by 6 by 12 inches or smaller — and hand-size clutch purses are allowed into Raymond James Stadium.
Another way to explain it: Fans can bring in a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar) to carry personal items, the team said.
Workers checking bags at a new secondary perimeter will also advise fans and offer legal bags. On the banned list are backpacks, binocular cases, camera cases, fanny packs and seat cushions with pockets, and umbrellas.
After the bag issues are dealt with, those entering the stadium will go through wand detectors, as in previous seasons.
The NFL announced the bag limitations in May. Under the policy, fans will be allowed to carry no more than one approved clear bag and up to one clutch bag (not to exceed 4.5 by 6.5 inches).
In July, the Tampa Sports Authority announced it was enforcing the policy for all events event at 65,000-seat Raymond James events, including Bucs and college football games.
Fans may still carry usual items such as keys, wallets, make-up and cellphones in pockets, jackets or approved containers, such as the see-through logo bags mailed to Bucs season pass holders.
Fans requiring medically necessary equipment should contact Maureen Myers with the sports authority at (813) 350-6508 regarding exceptions. Ticket-holders with such concerns tonight should go to auxiliary entrances next to gates A or C.