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Bills announce new NFL policies on bringing bags to The Ralph

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.
  • Coolers.
  • Briefcases.
  • Backpacks.
  • 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."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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