Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I felt that it was important to share information about the new All Clear policy at NFL Stadiums. All opinions are my own. Read Life Without Pink’s full disclosure here.
My parents love telling me the story about my very first football game when I was only 2 1/2 years old.
It was a cold, snowy Sunday and my dad was getting ready to head out with some friends to the Philadelphia Eagles game. As he grabbed his keys and bent down to kiss me good-bye, the tears started flowing.
“Daddy can I come with you? Please?”
“Don’t leave without me!”
I held onto his legs, sobbing uncontrollably.
My mom said the image of me grabbing onto my dad and looking heartbroken, will always be with her.
My parents finally decided to give in and let me go.
They bundled me up with a heavy jacket, warm hat, mittens, and a scarf. My mom packed a backpack for my dad with all the essentials he would need to keep me happy including my favorite stuffed animal and a cozy blanket to keep me warm.
I lasted the entire game and my dad said that I cuddled up on his lap with the blanket wrapped around my tiny little body and slept.
It’s a moment he’ll never forget.
Now, 33 years later, I’m going to do the same with my two boys. The biggest difference is that my dad had no worries about security issues when entering a building surrounded by thousands of people…however, I do.
There have been some horrible events that have happened, and after the Boston bombing, the NFL decided it can not afford to take chances.
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.
Many people are upset about this new policy, but for me, a mother of two, I would rather be inconvenienced a little if it meant that my children would be safe. The NFL is not discriminating against women (as many think) as they have banned coolers and backpacks in 2001.
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 nflshop.com/allclear).
- 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.
To help make this transition smooth for everyone, all season ticket holders were notified prior to pre-season and many teams are providing clear bags.
If you are a Philadelphia Eagles fan, you can purchase a clear bag with their logo at a very reasonable price.
This video will answer all of your questions regarding the NFL’s new clear bag policy, which is effective now at Lincoln Financial Field.
To learn more about the 2013 stadium bag policy, visit http://www.nfl.com/allclear.
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