Safety enhancements in effect at MetLife starting this weekend

A general view outside of MetLife Stadium. (Oct.

A general view outside of MetLife Stadium. (Oct. 23, 2011) (Credit: AP)

From the Giants:

To provide a safer environment for the public while attending Giants games at MetLife Stadium, the team announced today an NFL policy that limits the size and types of bags and purses that may be brought into the stadium.

The NFL Committee on Stadium Security in May unanimously recommended the implementation of this measure to continue to enhance public safety. It was discussed with all clubs at the May league meeting and will be implemented at all NFL stadiums this preseason.

The Giants strongly encourage fans to not bring any type of bags, but outlined today what is permissible. Fans will be able to carry the following style and size bags into the stadium:

One bag that is clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and does not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.”, OR

A one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar) AND

In addition to one of the clear bags noted above, fans may also carry in a small clutch bag, 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 Stadium entry gates.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags, camera bags, binocular cases or any bag larger than the permissible size.

Please Note: The Giants distributed team logo clear bags (12”x6”x12”), which meet the NFL’s new carry-in policy specifications, to their season ticket holders. Each season ticket holder received one bag for every two tickets on their respective account.

For additional information, go to giants.com/carryinpolicy

In recent years the Giants have enhanced their already comprehensive safety plans with the additional measures such as pat downs, bag checks and metal detectors.

“Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment,” said Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer. “Public safety is our top priority. This will make the job of checking items much more efficient and effective. We appreciate our fans’ cooperation.”

This public safety measure is being successfully used at other large venues. The University of Michigan, Penn State University and Michigan State University do not permit any bags, while the TD Garden in Boston only permits clutch bags.

Tags: Giants , Jets , MetLife Stadium

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