NFL alters bag policy citing safety, efficiency

NFL alters bag policy citing safety, efficiency
June 13, 2013, 11:45 am
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Fans who are accustomed to taking a sack lunch to the stadium on game day will have to come up with a new strategy. (AP IMAGES)

49ers and Raiders fans, along with NFL fans will have to leave their large bags at home in the 2013 NFL season.

The NFL announced a new policy Thursday that will prohibit large bags from entering stadiums, citing safety concerns and an attempt to expedite fan entry into stadiums on game day.

Fans still have options, but exceptions to the rule are few according to the NFL's statement on the new rule.

"Beginning with preseason games, fans will only be allowed to bring in small clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12," the statement reads.

"Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size."

The Raiders released a statement in response to the new regulations, strongly encouraging fans not to bring  any type of bag to Oakland Coliseum on game day.