To minimize inconveniences, fans attending the Husker football home opener Sept. 2 should prepare for a major change to Memorial Stadium’s bag policy.
Nebraska Athletics has implemented a clear bag policy for all ticketed sporting events to ensure a safe and enjoyable game experience for all.
“The athletic department regularly evaluates policies and procedures to see how they align with industry best practices,” said Matt Davidson, director of events for Nebraska Athletics. “After reviewing our previous bag policy, we decided this change was necessary.”
The National Football League and other NCAA programs, including seven other Big Ten schools, have adopted a clear bag policy.
Fans are encouraged to bring only necessary items into the stadium. All fans and their belongings are subject to inspection at stadium entrances. Guests will be required to open outer garments for visual inspection upon entry. Express entry lanes will be available at Gates 2, 4, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 20 for fans without bags.
Each attendee will be allowed to enter with one clear bag: either a plastic, vinyl or PVC bag that does not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches or a one-gallon plastic freezer bag (Ziploc or similar). Small clutches – approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap – can be taken into the stadium along with one of the clear bags. The clutch cannot be larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches.
Exceptions will be made for approved medical needs. Medical bags or equipment can be inspected and tagged at Gates 11, 15 and 16A and at premium-level lobbies. For questions about medical equipment or other needs, contact the Nebraska Athletic Event Management Office at 402-472-1003.
Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, solid drawstring bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags, camera bags, binocular cases, diaper bags, bags larger than the permissible size and non-approved seat cushions (those with back rests, metal fastenings, pockets, zippers, compartments or covers, or that are more than 16 inches wide).
Guests carrying bags that do not meet the criteria will be asked to return them to their vehicles, hotel rooms or homes. Fans also may transfer their personal items into a provided, clear, Ziploc-style bag and discard the bag that does not meet the new guidelines.
Guests can carry personal items in their pockets or jackets. These include keys, makeup, feminine products, combs, phones, wallets and credit cards. Attendees also may bring blankets into the stadium by carrying them over a shoulder or arm.
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