Clear bag policy in place for football opener

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Fans planning to attend the University of Notre Dame home football game against the University of Michigan on Saturday (Sept. 1) are reminded of the new clear bag policy that has been implemented.

Under the policy, fans will be allowed to bring with them a clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bag that does not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, or a one-gallon plastic bag (such as Ziploc or Hefty bags). The bags may have a logo on one side that is no larger than 4.5 inches by 3.4 inches. Bags carrying a properly sized logo of other teams or venues are permitted.

Small clutches — 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches, or approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap — also can be taken into the stadium along with clear bags.

Exceptions will be made for approved medical bags or equipment, which will be inspected at designated gates.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, drawstring bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags, camera bags, binocular cases, diaper bags, plastic grocery store bags, reusable bags or totes and bags larger than the permissible size. Items in such bags — including diapers, wipes and other supplies for babies and small children — should be placed in an approved clear bag.

Seat cushions measuring 16 by 16 inches are permitted, as are binoculars and cameras without cases. Blankets will be permitted but subject to a search.

Guests are encouraged to bring only necessary items into the venues, and all fans and their belongings are subject to inspection at the entrances. Express entry lanes for those entering without a bag will be available at all gates.

Guests carrying bags that do not meet the criteria will be asked to return them to their vehicles, hotel rooms or homes. In addition, a vendor will be available outside Notre Dame Stadium before football games to ship bags or belongings that do not meet the University’s policies.

Approved clear bags are available for purchase at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore and game-day merchandise locations and through online outlets.

The new policy also will apply to non-Notre Dame events, such as concerts, professional games and other reserve-ticketed events.