A clear bag policy will be phased in at all University of Utah Athletic events at Rice-Eccles Stadium and the Huntsman Center this coming fall with the goal of speeding up security checkpoints and protecting fans. Enforcement of the clear bag policy will not go into effect until July 1, 2018, although fans are encouraged to begin complying with the new policy immediately.
The policy change comes on the heels of several recent security breaches involving venues for large events around the globe.
“This proactive measure will enhance security inside and outside of the athletic venues and speed up the security screening process for all fans,” said University of Utah’s Chief of Police Dale Brophy. “Security staff will be checking bags, which mean shorter lines, fewer hassles, more time in the venue enjoying your favorite sport(s) and a greater sense of security.”
The policy allows for a variety of options for fans. Each fan may carry one clear bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, or a one-gallon, plastic freezer bag. Small clutches or purses for privacy are still allowed under the policy. Diaper bags may also be taken into venues with the accompanying child/infant. Seat cushions without pockets or compartments will continue to be allowed as well.
Clear bag policies are a growing trend among many colleges and national sports venues. The NFL made the switch in 2013. Institutions in the Southeastern Conference, along with the U’s fellow Pac-12 member, Arizona State University, have also been early adopters.
“The 2017-18 season will be an educational year for our fans,” Brophy said. “We will have stadium and arena security staff members at every event talking to fans to notify them of this change. Separate gates at all points of entry will be available for early adopters. Those with a clear bag, a small clutch, a blanket with no contents and seat cushions without pockets, will be able to, in essence, skip the lines and will be enjoying the venues without the wait.”
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