New clear bag policy for UCF football games

Courtesy UCF

Courtesy UCF

Starting Sept. 3, UCF will implement a new clear bag policy to ensure a safer environment for UCF football fans to enjoy the activities at Bright House Networks Stadium.

“We feel new security measures are important,” Athletics Director and Vice President Danny White said in a ucfknights.com press release. “The safety of our student-athletes and fans will always be our highest game-day priority. In addition, the new clear bag policy will make bag checks more efficient, speeding up the process of getting into the stadium.”

Approved bags for the 2016-2017 season include:

·  Clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”

·  One-gallon clear plastic storage/freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)

·  Small purses and clutch bags no larger than 4.5” x 6.5” (roughly the size of an adult hand)

According to University spokesman Chad Binette, the decision to implement the policy came only as a push for student safety. There was no single event that triggered a response at UCF. As White said, the university and UCF police department just wants to ensure a safe environment and fun experience for fans.

“This is the reason we were trying to promote this as much as possible beforehand,” Binette said. “On game day, there will be clear bags available for fans who need to use them as well. Fans can also go to the Nicholson Fieldhouse to check in their bags.”

Prohibited bags include (but are not limited to):

·  Purses larger than a clutch bag

·  Briefcases

·  Backpacks

·  Coolers

·  Fanny packs

·  Cinch/Drawstring bags

·  Luggage of any kind

·  Computer bags

·  Diaper bags

·  Mesh bags

·  Tinted plastic bags

·  Plastic bags with a pattern

·  Personal seatbacks

·  Binocular cases

·  Camera bags

·  Non-approved seat cushions (which include large traditional seat cushions that have pockets, zippers or compartments)

The new policy, which is used by all 32 NFL teams, should give fans a safer feeling while still enjoying pre-game activities such as tailgating.

For more information on UCF game day policies, visit UCFgameday.com. The Knights will take on South Carolina State at 7 p.m. on Sept. 3.