University to enact clear bag policy
Observer Staff Report | Friday, April 20, 2018
The University is implementing a clear bag policy September 1st for all reserve-ticketed events at Notre Dame Stadium, Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center and Compton Family Ice Arena, according to a press release Friday.
The policy will be effective starting at the first game of the 2018 football season and will also affect non-Notre Dame reserve-ticketed events such as concerts, the release said. Small clutches, clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12 by 6 by 12 inches and one-gallon plastic bags are permitted so long as they don’t have a logo larger than 4 by 3.4 inches.
Prohibited items include backpacks, fanny packs, draw-string bags, camera bags, large purses and any type of luggage, amongst others, according to the release.
Vice president for campus safety and event management Mike Seamon said in the release that safety and security on campus are of the highest priority.
“This new policy will be a significant addition to the many safeguards we already have in place,” Seamon said. “Many stadia and arenas nationwide have adopted this policy in recent years, and it has proven to enhance safety and because it reduces faulty bag searches, expedite fans’ access through the gates and into the venues.”
Approved medical bags or equipment will be exempted but subject to inspection at the gate along with all other items, the release said, and there will be express entry lanes for guests not carrying bags. A vendor outside the stadium will also be available to ship bags that do not meet criteria to fans’ homes.