Southern University to implement clear bag policy for football season this year

A.W. Mumford Stadium (Source: Southern University)
A.W. Mumford Stadium (Source: Southern University)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - In the interest of public safety, and in order to speed up entry into A.W. Mumford Stadium, Southern University is implementing a clear bag policy this fall.

This policy is designed to limit the size and types of bags being brought into the stadium by fans and to enhance public safety while minimizing time spent searching bags at gate security checkpoints.

Beginning with the season opener, fans will be allowed to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container into the stadium:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12” (Official Southern or athletic logos clear plastic tote bags are available on, at the Southern bookstore, or at merchandise outlets)
  • 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 can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bag options
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose
  • An approved logo no larger than 4.5" x 3.4" may be displayed on one side of a permissible clear bag

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

  • Purses larger than a clutch
  • Briefcases
  • Backpacks
  • Cinch bags
  • Fanny packs that are not clear and/or exceed the size restriction
  • Luggage of any kind
  • Computer bags/cases
  • Camera bags/cases
  • Binocular bags/cases
  • Any bag larger than the allowed size

Fans will still be allowed to carry cameras or binoculars into the stadium, but in approved clear bags. The following items are prohibited inside the stadium:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Artificial noisemakers (includes megaphones)
  • Animals (other than service animals)
  • Cameras with extended lenses
  • Containers such as coolers
  • Firearms
  • Laser devices
  • Lawn chairs
  • Outside food and beverage
  • Tobacco products
  • Umbrellas
  • Video cameras
  • Bags that do not comply with the Southern University clear bag policy

LSU implemented a similar policy last year.

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