NFL to ban purses from stadiums

Posted at 3:10 PM, Jun 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-18 15:10:11-04

A new rule, passed by the NFL’s security committee and being implemented league wide, will ban purses from stadiums.

The league calls it a move to “enhance public safety and improve stadium access for fans,” but many female fans are hopping mad about the idea.

Only clutch purses the size of a person’s hand will be permitted. Clear plastic tote bags, no more than 12 inches by 12 inches will also be allowed. Gallon size freezer bags will be permitted as well, according to

On its website, the league says the move will both increase security and cut long lines for fans waiting on bag searches as they enter stadiums.

“This proactive measure both will enhance safety inside and outside the stadium and speed the security screening process for all NFL fans,” a statement explaining the policy says. “The public deserves to be in a safe, secure environment. This is about both safety and improving the overall fan experience.”