By Tim Graham
The Buffalo Bills have passed along new NFL guidelines for items, particularly bags, that can be brought into Ralph Wilson Stadium this season.
In a news release, the Bills stated they "strongly encourage fans to not bring any type of bags," but the NFL will allow:
- Clear-plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that don't exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag.
- Small clutch bags, "approximately the size of a hand," in addition to one of the clear-bag options.
- An exception will be made for medical necessities after inspection at the gate.
Prohibited items include:
- Purses larger than a clutch bag.
- Fanny packs.
- Cinch bags.
- Luggage of any kind.
- Seat cushions.
- Computer bags.
- Camera bags.
- Any bag larger than the permissible size.
Already, I'm hearing from fans who are upset over the inability to bring seat cushions to an open-air stadium with metal bleachers in a cold-weather town.
"Our No. 1 goal on game days at Ralph Wilson Stadium continues to be providing our fans with the best game day experience possible," Bills vice president of event operations and guest experience Andy Major said in the release, "and this policy addresses both public safety and stadium entry efficiency for all Bills fans."