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Liberty Rolls Out Williams Stadium Clear Bag Policy

August 31, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Williams Stadium Clear Bag Policy

The Liberty University Athletics Department has announced a new clear bag policy for its 2016 home football games for fans bringing bags into Williams Stadium.

In an effort to enhance fan safety and expedite entrance to Williams Stadium, Liberty is implementing this new security screening process.

"Liberty Athletics strives to provide a premium game day experience for its fans and regularly reviews its stadium policies and procedures," said Director of Athletics Jeff Barber. "Following the model set by the NFL and other colleges and universities, our new clear bag policy will assist our security personnel in expediting entrance into Williams Stadium while making game day safer for all those involved."

This process includes a new clear bag policy that will limit the size and types of bags that can be brought into the stadium by fans. The implementation of this measure is intended to enhance public safety while minimizing time spent searching bags at gate security checkpoints, thus easing access into the stadium.

Liberty's new clear bag policy went into effect for its home-opening game against Jacksonville on Sep. 10 and will be strictly enforced for the rest of the season beginning with the Jacksonville State game on Sept. 24. 

he policy is consistent with the NFL's current model. Only clear tote bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12", or, one-gallon plastic freezer bags, will be allowed in Williams Stadium. In addition, small handheld clutch purses no larger than 4.5" x 6.5" will be permitted. Spectators also will be able to carry other items allowed into the stadium such as binoculars, cameras, and smart phones.

Approved Bags:
Clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"
One-gallon clear, re-sealable plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
Small clutch bags no larger than 4.5" x 6.5", approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap
An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at the gate

Prohibited Bags:
Backpacks
Binocular cases
Briefcases
Camera bags
Cinch/Drawstring bags
Coolers
Computer bags
Diaper bags
Fanny packs
Luggage of any kind
Non-approved seat cushions, which include large traditional seat cushions that have pockets, zippers, compartments or covers
Purses larger than a clutch bag

Liberty University Williams Stadium Clear Bag Policy FAQ

Why did Liberty University adopt this policy?
Liberty University continues to review its policies to enhance public safety and improve efficiencies as it relates to all home athletics venues. The fan experience and the safety of our guests is a top priority of Liberty University. Limiting the size and style of bags carried into Williams Stadium will aid in maintaining a safe and secure environment, decrease the time waiting to enter the stadium, and improve the overall game day experience. This measure will enhance safety both inside and outside of the stadium.

How does the new policy improve public safety?A clear bag is easily and quickly searched, thus allowing staff to be more efficient and effective in checking bags that are brought into the stadium. This initiative also supports the Department of Homeland Security's "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign.

Are other Universities/Venues limiting bags?
Yes. More and more college institutions are adopting the NFL's Clear Bag Policy. In fact, some like the University of Michigan and Michigan State University have taken more far-reaching measures and do not permit any type of bags. 

How does this expedite my entry into the venue?
This policy enables us to move fans through our security check points much faster. A standard size bag eliminates the need for bag templates to check bag sizes. It will make the stadium security team's job much easier, allowing staff to be more efficient and effective in checking bags at point of entry. There will be less time spent standing in lines at the stadium gates and fans will be able to be in their seats well before kickoff.

How many bags can each person bring into the stadium?
Each ticketed guest can carry one large clear bag – either a one-gallon Ziploc-style bag or the 12" x 6" x 12" clear bag – plus a small clutch purse (4.5" x 6.5"). The small clutch must be carried into the venue outside the clear bag and is still subject to search.

What happens if I arrive to Williams Stadium and do not have a clear bag?
Fans carrying bags that do not meet the criteria will not be admitted to the venue. They may return their bag to their car or will be provided a clear bag in order to transfer their belonging before entering the stadium. Transferring items to a venue-provided bag requires disposal of the non-approved bag, unless it fits into the clear bag.