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Panthers to enhance public safety, improve stadium access for fans

Posted Jun 14, 2013

To provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite fan entry into Bank of America Stadium, the Carolina Panthers have announced an NFL policy that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the stadium.

The NFL Committee on Stadium Security in May unanimously recommended the implementation of this measure that will enhance public safety and make it easier for fans to gain access in all stadiums. It was discussed with all clubs at the May league meeting and will be implemented at all NFL stadiums beginning with preseason games.

The Panthers strongly encourage fans to not bring any type of bags but outlined what is permissible. 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:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12."
  • 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, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

Prohibited items include but are not limited to purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags, camera bags, and binocular cases or any bag larger than the permissible size.

For additional information, go to NFL.com/allclear.

"In light of the emphasis on safety, the National Football League has incorporated these guidelines for fans," said director of stadium operations Scott Paul.  "With the additional inspection access points that are being added at the North and East gates, we hope to make fan entry expedient and efficient."

In recent years the NFL and the Panthers have enhanced their already comprehensive safety plans with additional measures such as pat downs, bag checks and metal detectors. 

"Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment," said Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer. "Public safety is our top priority. This will make the job of checking items much more efficient and effective.  We will be able to deliver a better and quicker experience at the gates and also provide a safer environment. We appreciate our fans' cooperation."

This public safety measure is already being successfully used at other large venues. The University of Michigan, Penn State, and Michigan State University do not permit any bags. The pat downs and metal detector screenings of all individuals entering NFL stadiums provide an additional level of safety for fans. The limitations on bag size and style is a further enhancement for convenience and safety.