CHICAGO (CBS) — Bears fans are being told to leave the bags at home when heading to the next game.
The only bags being allowed into Soldier Field–or any NFL stadium for that matter–are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC. Even then they must be under 12 by 6 by 12 inches in size. Fans can purchase official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags through club merchandise outlets or at nflshop.com.
But Bob Laskowski, the Bears Director of Stadium Experience, says the bags don’t have to be official team gear. He says fans can also use a one-gallon-size freezer bag to carry belongings.
Additionally, no purses bigger than a small clutch, about the size of an adult hand are permitted.
“The items are still ok to bring in, that people have been able to bring in all along,” he explained. “It’s just the container that carries the items. Like you can bring in binoculars, but not the binocular case. You can bring in a camera, but not the camera case.”
The same goes, he says, for seat cushions.
The NFL Committee on Stadium Security recommended the new measures over the summer, and all NFL stadiums are adopting them for security and faster admission into the game.
The only exception will be for medically necessary items, which still must be inspected at Soldier Field’s gate 10.
Laskowski says the stadium will station staff in the parking garages reminding fans to leave oversized bags or non-clear bags in their cars.
“There’s no storage here at Soldier Field,” he said. “We cannot hold any prohibited items. If it’s questionable, you’re not sure if it’ll get in or not, leave it at home.”
For a complete list visit chicagobears.com/prohibiteditems.