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NFL Announces New Security Policy


To provide a safer environment for the public and expedite fan entry into Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles are announcing an NFL 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 NFL 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 Eagles are hosting five open practices at Lincoln Financial Field this summer (7/28, 8/5, 8/11, 8/17, 8/26) and the policy will be in effect for those practices as well. 

Fans are encouraged to limit the number of items they bring with them to the stadium. They 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 awaiting entry into the stadium:

• Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12."

• One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).

• 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.

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.

"Fan safety is and has always been the number one priority for us," said Eagles President Don Smolenski. "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."

Since 2001, the NFL and Eagles have continued to update their comprehensive safety plans through measures such as pat downs, bag checks and metal detectors. This new policy is not intended to limit what fans bring into the stadium, but is aimed at restricting the types of containers used to carry those items.

"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.

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