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If you're planning on heading straight from work to Lincoln Financial Field to see the Eagles take on the Patriots in their first preseason game Aug. 9, don't bring your briefcase.
The Eagles announced Thursday that they will be implementing a league-wide recommendation to limit the types of bags fans will be allowed to bring into NFL stadiums. The new regulation will begin with all open practices, starting July 28.
Items prohibited from the Linc include, but are not limited to, purses larger than a clutch bag (about the size of a hand), coolers, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, all luggage, seat cushions, computer bags and camera bags.
“Fan safety is and has always been the number one priority for us,” Eagles president Don Smolenski said in a statement. “We’ll be communicating more information to our fans over the next few weeks to make sure that they are well-informed about this league-wide policy that is aimed at enhancing public safety while also allowing them to enter the stadium in a timely manner.”
Items that are allowed include bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC, one-gallon clear freezer bags and small clutch bags with or without a handle. Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items.
Similar safety measures have already been taken at other arenas around the country.
“Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment,” NFL vice president and chief security officer Jeffrey Miller said. “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.”