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SMU making important change to items approved for carrying into Ford Stadium

New clear bag policy to support fan safety, faster admission at gates

September 1, 2015

DALLAS (SMU) – Fans headed to Gerald J. Ford Stadium for Mustang football in coming weeks need to know that a new safety policy will restrict items that may be carried into the stadium.

clear handbagThe only bags permitted (see chart below) will be those made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC which do not exceed 12-by-6-by-12 inches, one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc or similar), or small clutch bags (about the size of a hand) with or without a strap.  The clutch does not have to be clear and may be carried separately or within an approved plastic bag.

SMU’s gameday policy is modeled after that pioneered by the National Football League and in place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington and all other NFL stadiums. Other universities, such as Penn State and Rutgers, have made similar changes to their policies to embrace what the Department of Homeland Security considers a “best practice.”

The policy acknowledges the reality of contemporary public safety issues, and allows for both improved protection against items being smuggled into the stadium as well as faster passage through security screening at stadium entrances.

Signs explaining the new Ford Stadium policy will be posted in and around SMU parking facilities to alert fans. Separate screening will be available at all gates for items that are medically necessary and do not fit the clear bag policy.

Things that fans normally carry in pockets can still come into the stadium in pockets – such as keys and cell phones.

The following items are prohibited from entering Ford Stadium:

  • Purses
  • Coolers
  • Briefcases
  • Backpacks
  • Computer and Camera bags
  • Cinch bags
  • Diaper Bags
  • Fanny Packs
  • Luggage of any kind
  • Seat cushions with zippers, pockets or compartments
  • Outside food or drink (one sealed bottle of water permitted)
  • Laser pointers
  • Noisemakers
  • Footballs or throwing objects
  • Radios (except pocket size with headsets)
  • Animals (except those assisting disabled guests)
  • Firearms, weapons, or knives of any kind

See the complete list of SMU Ford Stadium Gameday policies.

Questions or comments should be directed by email to athleticsgameday@smu.edu.

Ford Stadium Clear Bag Chart
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