In line with best practices at major entertainment and athletics venues, the University of Notre Dame will implement a clear bag policy for all reserve-ticketed events at Notre Dame Stadium, Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center and the Compton Family Ice Arena, effective Sept. 1 for the first football game of the 2018 season.
“Safety and security on campus is our highest priority,” said Mike Seamon, vice president for campus safety and event management. “This new policy will be a significant addition to the many safeguards we already have in place.
“Many stadia and arenas nationwide have adopted this policy in recent years, and it has proven to enhance safety and, because it reduces faulty bag searches, expedite fans’ access through the gates and into the venues.”
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 no larger than 4 inches by 3.4 inches. Bags carrying a properly sized logo of other teams or venues are permitted.
Small clutches – 4½ inches by 6½ 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 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 at cost bags or belongings that do not meet the University’s policies.
Approved bags are available for purchase at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore and game-day merchandise locations and through online outlets.
As always, fans can carry personal items in their pockets or jackets, including keys, makeup, feminine products, combs, phones, wallets and credit cards.
The new policy also will apply to non-Notre Dame events, such as concerts, professional games and other reserve-ticketed events.
The policy is available online here.