Safety thoughts: Fans face new Soldier Field security rules

Safety thoughts: Fans face new Soldier Field security rules
June 16, 2013, 11:15 pm
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Fans attending Bears games this season will be doing so under a new security policy that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the stadium.

The NFL Committee on Stadium Security in May unanimously recommended the implementation of this measure that will enhance public safety and make it easier for fans to gain access in 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 Bears strongly encourage fans to not bring any type of bags, but outlined 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” or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).

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*Small clutch bags, 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 a gate designated for this purpose.

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.

In recent years the Bears have enhanced its already comprehensive safety plans with the additional measures such as pat downs, bag checks and metal detectors. The Bears will work with stadium management and City officials to determine the specific plans for Bears gamedays at Soldier Field. These plans will be announced once they are finalized.