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NFL sacks carrying large bags into stadiums

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Published:   |   Updated: June 23, 2013 at 09:34 AM

TAMPA - Planning on taking in a Bucs game at Raymond James Stadium this season? Here's a hint: Pack light - and don't bring anything you don't want everyone to see.

Security-conscious NFL owners have tightened the rules on what fans can bring in to stadiums this year. Out: large purses, fanny packs, backpacks, seat cushions, coolers, camera bags or cinch bags.

In: All the personal items you can fit into a clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bag that is 12 by 6 by 12 inches. For comparison purposes, that's about the size of a one-gallon plastic freezer bag.

Ticketholders will be able to bring one see-through bag and one clutch bag or small purse - about the size of a hand - to the game. Small items such as a wallet, keys and cellphone can be kept in a pocket, though they will have to be shown to security.

The new rules are intended to increase fan safety and speed up security lines, said Brian McCarthy, an NFL spokesman.

"We continue to make (safety) improvements to adapt to the new realities of the world," McCarthy said.

"We think this will add another layer of comfort and another layer of safety."

The Tampa Sports Authority, which operates Raymond James Stadium, hasn't decided whether it will also apply the NFL security mandate to other events at the venue.

And for the style-conscious who want to show up with something other than a plastic baggie, the league hasn't forgotten you: Soon you'll be able to buy an official NFL clear plastic bag with your favority team's logo.

José Patiño Girona

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