ASU’s new bag policy for sports events revealed

MONTGOMERY, Ala. ( – In order to expedite fan entry and enhance safety at Alabama State athletic events, beginning with the 2016 football season, Alabama State University is implementing new safety policies for anyone bringing bags into all athletic venues.

ASU will be reinforcing the entry points into Hornets Stadium, while enhancing pre-entry search of all entering the stadium and arena. All Patrons are subject to being searched by law enforcement. In addition, patrons will be directed to entrances where staffing and resources will be coordinated.

The bag regulation mirrors the one implemented by the NFL a few years ago and is the same being used by several other intercollegiate teams across the nation including Auburn and Alabama.

The regulation limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into ASU venues. The following is a list of bags accepted for entry:

Bags that are clear plastic or vinyl and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x’12”
One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar)
Small clutched bags, approximately the size of a hand, after being searched
Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection

Prohibited items include but are not limited to:

Purses larger that a clutch
Fanny packs
Diaper bags
Luggage of any kind
Long golf umbrellas
Cooler bags
Approved seat cushions included large traditional seat cushions that have pockets, zippers, compartments or covers
Any bag larder than camera bags
Non-the permissible size, unless credentialed personnel carrying such belonging have been thoroughly searched

ASU encourages all fans and guests to arrive early and be patient as they enter the venue. While this may seem inconvenient to some, your safety and security is our highest priority. As a department, we work with ASU Public Safety, who regularly collaborates with local, state and federal authorities, to evaluate our security operations and flex plans accordingly. At this time, we have made the changes outlined above to ensure our events are conducted in the safest possible manner.

ASU appreciates your cooperation with both the clear bag policy and the entry procedure for all events.