The NFL and the Raiders have announced a new bag policy that will undoubtedly affect what most fans once brought with them into games. Most specifically, women's purses are pretty much no longer allowed.
Here are the new guidelines for what is allowed to be brought into the stadium:
Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12." (Official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags are available through club merchandise outlets or at nflshop.com), or
One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options.
An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.
This means fans may NOT bring with them purses larger than a clutch bag (outlined above), coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.
The NFL Committee on Stadium Security in May unanimously recommended the implementation of this measure. The purpose being for safety first and foremost but also to expedite the security lines to access the stadium. It was discussed with all clubs at the May league meeting and will be implemented at all NFL stadiums beginning with preseason games.
This is gonna make for a lot of unhappy fans at first. It's very much like going through airport security and last I checked, those lines haven't gotten any shorter so I wouldn't expect the access to the stadium to get any easier either.
For additional information, go to NFL.com/allclear.