NFL's New Stadium Access To Start This Saturday Against Buccaneers

Posted Aug 21, 2013

New policy to provide a safer environment for fans in NFL stadiums.

The Dolphins will play at home for the first time this preseason Saturday night when they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and fans should be aware of new stadium guidelines.

To provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite fan entry into stadiums, NFL teams have implemented an NFL policy this year that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into stadiums.

“The teams that have already hosted home preseason games have already gone through this; the positive feedback we’ve heard from the other teams is a good sign,” said Todd Boyan, Dolphins senior vice president and general manager of Sun Life Stadium. “I think fans understand that there are security needs and we want to provide a safer environment for all involved. So it’s a safer environment for fans, (and) we want a safer environment for players, coaches and for media. All staff that are working there are tasked with trying to provide a safe environment.

“The mission here is to provide a safer environment.”

The NFL strongly encourages fans to not bring any type of bags, but has outlined what is permissible. Beginning with preseason games, 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.” (Official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags will be available through club merchandise outlets or at, or 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 can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bags.

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, seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

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