September 5, 2017

FSU Clear Bag Policy

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State University Athletics Department and the FSU Police are announcing a clear bag policy for all athletic events beginning with the first home competitions of the 2016 season including the football opener September 10 against Charleston Southern.

The new clear bag policy will provide a safer environment at home events and should significantly expedite fan entry into FSU athletic venues including Doak Campbell Stadium.

The new policy closely matches those already in place at all NFL stadiums, including the two FSU will visit in 2016 and at Camping World Stadium where FSU will open the football season against Ole Miss September 5.  In addition, the policy is similar to clear bag policies recently announced by 2016 opponents Clemson and Florida.

Under the new policy, each fan is allowed one clear bag (plus clutch or small purse) into FSU home athletic events that conform to the following restrictions:

  •       CLEAR plastic, vinyl or PVC that are no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”  (readily available one-gallon, clear, re-sealable plastic storage bags meet the policy)
  • If a logo appears on the bag, it cannot be larger than 4.5” x 6.5”
  • Small clutch bags no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”, or approximately the size of a hand, with or without a strap are allowed.

·        Medically necessary items that are too large to fit into a clear bag within allowable dimensions can be brought in only after clearing a screening process at GATE C.

FSU Clear Bag Policy

The list of prohibited items is the same as previous season and includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Current list of prohibited items

  • Alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Weapons or explosives
  • Umbrellas
  • Food or beverage from outside the stadium

(empty bottles or cups will be permitted)

  • Hard coolers or ice chests
  • All bags that are not clear plastic, vinyl or PVC
  • All bags larger than 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • Chair backs with arms or chair backs that are larger than a single seat
  • Artificial noisemakers

(whistles, bells, air horns)

  • Video equipment, tape recorders, cameras with lenses longer than 6″
  • Sticks, poles, flags or signs
  • Laser pointers
  • Laptops
  • Pets
  • Strollers
  • Personal transportation devices

(Skateboards, hover boards, etc.)

  • Beach balls or other airborne objects

Additional items may be prohibited at the discretion of the law enforcement officials as dictated by increased threat conditions

The clear bag policy has been adopted to allow for a safer environment at Florida State home events and in keeping with increased security practices being implemented at venues around the country.

Frequently Asked Questions About the New Clear Bag Policy

Are other athletic venues limiting bags?

Is this policy only for FSU football games at Doak Campbell Stadium?

How does the new policy improve public safety?

Will Florida State make money from the clear bag policy?

How many bags can each person bring into the stadium?

Can smart phones, tablets, binoculars or cameras be carried SEPARATELY from what they put in the clear bag?

Are seat cushionsseat back chairs still allowed?

What happens if a fan shows up at the gate with a bag that is not permitted?

Are all purses prohibited?

What about diaper bags?

If I have special medical equipment I need to have with me at all times, where do I put that?

Are other athletic venues limiting bags?

Yes.  In fact, there are a number of college venues that do not permit bags of any kind to enter their stadium.  NFL stadiums, like FSU fans will visit for the USF and Miami games and bowl venues like Camping World Stadium which will host the Ole Miss game, have similar clear bag policies plus pat downs and metal detector screenings.  The limitations on bag size and style is a further enhancement for convenience and safety.

Is this policy only for FSU football games at Doak Campbell Stadium?

No.  This policy will be in effect beginning in August 2016 at ALL FSU Athletics events, regardless of sport.

How does the new policy improve public safety?

The clear bag is easily and quickly searched and greatly reduces faulty bag searches.  It also supports the Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something.  Say Something” campaign.

How is the new policy more convenient for fans?

The clear bags will enable security to move fans through check points much faster than in the past.  A standard size bag eliminates the need for bag templates to check bag sizes.  Clear bags will allow staff to be more efficient and effective in keeping you safe by preventing dangerous items from entering the stadium.

Will Florida State be making money from selling team identified bags to fans?

No.  A variety of options exist that fans can use including any clear 12” x 6” x 12” bag, which is approximately the size of a common, one-gallon, Ziploc storage bag, which is also a permissible option.  In addition, fans may carry in their own small clutches.  A number of vendors currently offer approved clear bags for sale with logos and handles, but those are optional for fans.

How many bags can each person bring into the stadium?

One large clear bag – either a one-gallon Ziploc style bag or the 12” x 6” x 12” clear bag – plus a small clutch.  The larger clear bag must be a standard 12” x 6” x 12” made of CLEAR PVC vinyl and visually searchable.  The small clutch allows privacy for small personal items and is also easily searched.

Can smart phones, tablets, binoculars or cameras be carried SEPARATELY from what they put in the clear bag?

Yes.  Phones, cameras or binoculars can be carried in by hand.  So, these items remain okay to bring into the stadium.

Are seat cushions, seat back chairs still allowed?

Yes.  These are allowed under same size restrictions as previous seasons.

What happens if a fan shows up at the gate with a bag that is not permitted?

Fans will not be allowed to enter a venue with a non-conforming bag.  Fans will be asked to return items to their vehicle.  It should be noted that vendors on Langford Green (south end of stadium) will have clear bags available for purchase.

Are all purses prohibited?

No.  Unlike some venues, Florida State is not banning all bags.  Small clutch purses, with or without a handle or strap, are permitted along with either the 12” x 6” x 12” clear bag or the one-gallon Ziploc bag.  This should allow you to carry the same items you have for previous FSU home events.  We encourage fans not to bring any bags, but have implemented a policy that balances fan needs with improved public safety and convenience.

 What about diaper bags?

Diapers must be carried in a clear bag.  Each member of a family, including children, would be allowed to carry an approved clear bag and a clutch purse into the stadium.  That is quite a bit of storage capacity.

If I have special medical equipment I need to have with me at all times, where do I put that?

An exception will be made for medical necessary items after proper inspection at a specified gate.  In the case of Doak Campbell Stadium, these items must be cleared at GATE C.

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