NFL to limit bags brought into stadiums

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The NFL is limiting the size and kind of bags fans bring into stadiums, beginning with preseason games. The restrictions are designed to enhance security and speed stadium entry.

With the exception of necessary medical items, only clear plastic, vinyl or thick plastic handbags no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches will be allowed.

One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags also will be OK, as will small bags about the size of someone's hand, with or without a handle or strap, that are in a clear plastic bag.

"I think it'll be tough for moms, especially when they bring their kids and diaper bags and all that kinda good stuff. But if you want to see the Colts, you deal with it," one fan said.

Banned items will include purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage, computer bags and camera bags.

"The Indianapolis Colts are reviewing the new NFL bag policy for fans attending home games at Lucas Oil Stadium during the 2013 season. The Colts will comply with the new rules and will provide detailed information to fans in the near future," an official with the Indianapolis Colts said in a statement.

An official with the Indianapolis Division of Homeland Security said they had not received specific reasons from the Colts of the NFL for the increased restrictions.

Chief Gary Coons said the department will support the Colts and Lucas Oil Stadium in any security efforts.

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