To provide a safer environment for the public and expedite fan entry into Lucas Oil Stadium, the Colts re-announced today an NFL policy that limits the style and size of bags that may be brought into the stadium.
The NFL Committee on Stadium Security in May unanimously recommended the implementation of this measure to enhance public safety and make it easier for fans to gain entry into 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 Colts strongly encourage fans to not bring any bags, but outlined today 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."
* **Colts' season-ticket holders are being sent compliant bags this week courtesy of the team.**
- One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar) AND
- Small clutch bags or purses, 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 the Northwest and Southeast corners of the stadium.
Every member of a family will be able to carry in approved bags.
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.
For additional information, go to http://www.colts.com/allclear.
Fans will continue to be able to enjoy tailgate activities in the parking lots and to do so with greater safety and the knowledge that their entry into the stadium will be smoother.
In recent years the Colts have enhanced its already comprehensive safety plans with the additional measures such as pat downs, bag checks and metal detectors.
"We are proud that the Indianapolis Colts fan game day experience has been rated #1 for a second consecutive year by Stadium Journey Magazine," said Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay. "The foundation of that experience begins with public safety. Therefore, we continue our outstanding partnership with the other 31 NFL teams, NFL security, Lucas Oil Stadium and local law enforcement by adding this league-wide policy."
"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 being successfully used at other large venues. The University of Michigan, Penn State University and Michigan State University do not permit any bags, while the TD Garden in Boston only permits clutch bags.
Working personnel, including media, will continue to enter NFL stadiums through designated gates where they will be subject to screening and bag inspections already in effect at all stadiums.