A new NFL security policy takes effect at MetLife Stadium this weekend and imposes strict limits on the type and size of bags that fans can tote into any event, from a football game to a Springsteen concert.
Starting with preseason games Saturday with the Jets and Sunday with the Giants, all fans will need to use clear bags to carry items to their seats.
The nationwide policy by the National Football League comes in response to the Boston Marathon bombing, where investigators believe the suspects used backpacks to place explosives near the finish line.
The rules have already been used during the NFL draft in New York City and the Hall of Fame ceremony in Canton, Ohio, as well as the 16 stadiums t New Balance Outlet hat hosted preseason games last week.
The same rules will apply to the Penn State Syracuse college football game on Aug. 31 and for every kind of event thereafter, said MetLife Stadium spokeswoman Nicole Fountain.
Fountain said there will be extra staff on hand this weekend circulating in the parking
lots to alert fans to the changes as well as plenty of signs as far away as the Secaucus Junction train station. She said all fans also will get a free clear plastic bag when they arrive in the parking lot toll booths for this weekend games.
would encourage fans to arrive at the gates early, Fountain said. don bring a bag if you don need to.
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 1 New Balance Outlet 2 by 6 by 12 inches or a one gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand (4 by 6 inches), with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options.
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 and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.
Fountain noted that the rule changes apply to the containers used to carry items into a game, not to the items thems New Balance Outlet elves. So for example, while a non transparent camera bag is no longer permitted, a camera is allowed.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league always evaluates all of its policies and procedures every off season, including security m New Balance Outlet easures. But he said the Boston Marathon bombing in April was a factor in crafting the new rules.
Before adopting those rules in May, McCarthy said the league conducted focus groups with 500 fans, 350 of whom were female. By requiring items be carried in transparent bags, he said the league hopes it can actually speed the pace at which fans are processed as they enter a stadium.