Clear bag policy in full effect

Kel Jones- Multimedia Journalist

A sign outside of Memorial Stadium explains the new policy.
Photo by Makenzie Plusnick.

Tarleton State University’s Memorial Stadium now has a clear bag policy that began with the fall 2019 season.

Fans in the 100 and 200 level seating areas will no longer be able to bring bags into the stadium that are not clear. Fans can carry one large clear bag that is 14 inches by 6 inches by 14 inches or small clutch bags. Fans sitting in the Club Level and Suites will have their bags screened prior to entry.

Casey Hogan, the assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Broadcasting, is prepared for fans who are unaware of the rule.

“No matter how well we market and spread the word about the new policy, there will be fans who come to the stadium and don’t know about the Clear Bag Policy. Tarleton Athletic Department will provide free, one-gallon, clear zip-lock bags at all entrances to fans that are not aware of the new policy,” Hogan said.

Clear totes will also be available for purchase at the tailgate area, spirit shops and main entrance to the stadium. Fans will still be allowed to bring phones, cameras and binoculars without a bag.

Stadium approved bags will be sold at the new Spirit Shop located inside of the stadium.
Photo by Makenzie Plusnick.

“The main purpose behind the new Clear Bag Policy is to ensure the safety and security of fans when attending a game or event at the Lonn Reisman Athletic Center at Memorial Stadium,” Hogan said.

The new policy was put into effect for several reasons.

“There wasn’t one situation or reason in particular for the new policy. When preparing to open a new stadium, our staff did research on the best way to get fans into the facility in a safe and efficient manner. We came to the conclusion that a Clear Bag Policy similar to what other college and professional teams have instituted across the country is the best avenue moving forward,” Hogan explained.

Hogan adds that the safety of fans is the number one priority of the Tarleton Athletic Department. As long as security staff is informed, accommodations can be made for fans with medical conditions that require equipment that cannot fit into a clear bag.

The Clear Bag Policy will be applied to all events that happen at Memorial Stadium. No exceptions will be made.

Fans can learn more about the policy at www.tarletonsports.com/clearbag.

The newly renovated stadium brings a new clear bag policy.
Photo by Makenzie Plusnick.

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