In light of recent events, and an ongoing effort to increase safety, the NFL has changed some of its own rules regarding what can be brought into a stadium on game day. And it's certainly going to limit fans in the future. Following the rules update on Thursday, fans can now only bring in smaller bags and will need to leave the bigger carriers at home, according to NFL.com:
Fans will have only a few options for bringing smalls bags into stadiums. They will only be allowed to bring in small clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12", according to a press release from the league.
Other options include a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (like Ziploc) or a small "clutch bag," approximately the size of a hand. An exception will be made for medically necessary items after they've been properly inspected at a gate designated for this purpose.
Furthermore, any purse "larger than a clutch", coolers and briefcases won't be allowed past security, and perhaps an even bigger obstacle for families and students: no backpacks.
Similar rules have already been implemented at many college stadiums, and it appears that the NFL will continue to err on the side of caution, rather than risk any unfortunate events within stadium walls. Just make sure to pack light this season.