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2018-08-09 Tyler ISD Athletics Announces New CHRISTUS TMF Rose Stadium Bag Policy

A new clear bag policy is being implemented for the 2018 football season to enhance security measures at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

Fans are encouraged not to bring any types of bags inside CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium during football games; however, the following outlines bags that are permitted:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12";
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar); and
  • Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5" x 6.5" (approximately the size of a hand).
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

Prohibited bags include, but not limited to:

  • Purses larger than a clutch bag
  • Diaper bags*
  • Cases (camera, binocular, etc.)
  • Backpacks / Cinch Bags (includes clear backpacks / cinch bags)
  • Fanny packs
  • Reusable grocery totes
  • Mesh or straw bags
  • Duffle bags
  • Large totes

*Items normally carried in a diaper bag must be put into a clear plastic bag for venue entry.

Why has this bag policy been adopted? This is about both safety and improving the overall fan experience at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. This proactive measure will enhance safety inside and outside the stadium, and speed the security screening process for all fans. This is about both safety and improving the overall fan experience.

How does the new policy improve public safety? The clear bag is easily and quickly searched and greatly reduces faulty bag searches. It also supports the Department of Homeland Security’s "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign.

How is the new policy more convenient for fans? The clear bags will enable security to move fans faster through ticket gates. A standard size bag eliminates the need for bag templates to check bag sizes. Clear bags allow staff to be more efficient and effective in keeping you safe by preventing dangerous items from entering the stadium.

What happens if a fan shows up at the gate with a bag that is not permitted? Fans will not be allowed to enter a venue with a non-conforming bag. Fans will be asked to return items to their vehicle.

How many bags may each person bring into the stadium? One large clear bag - either a one-gallon Ziploc style bag or the 12" x 6" x 12" clear bag - plus a small clutch that does not exceed 4.5" x 6.5". The small clutch allows privacy for small personal items and also is easily searched.

Are all purses prohibited? No. Small clutch purses, with or without a handle or strap, no larger than 4.5" x 6.5" are permitted. Purses larger than this are not permitted.

Can fans bring stadium seats or seat cushions? Yes. Fans are permitted to bring in their own stadium seats or seat cushions provided the seats does not have any pockets or zippers.

Can smartphones, tablets, binoculars or cameras be carried SEPARATELY from the clear bag? Yes. These items may be carried into the venue as long as they are not in a bag or case. For example, while binoculars and cameras are allowed, the binocular case or camera case is not allowed. This is not a restriction on items, only a restriction on the type of container used to carry the items. The point is to make it easy for security personnel to screen your items.

What about diaper bags? Diapers and non-medically necessary items for babies and young children must be carried in a clear bag. Each member of a family, including children, would be allowed to carry an approved clear bag and a clutch purse into the stadium.

If I have special medical equipment I need to have with me at all times, where do I put that? An exception will be made for medical necessary items after proper inspection at designated areas.

What about bringing blankets in cold weather? Fans will be able to bring blankets by tossing them over a shoulder or arm as they arrive at the gate. These items can be easily screened.

Do I have to put everything I’m carrying into a permissible bag? No. Fans are limited only to the type of bags carried into the stadium, not items that they may normally bring to a game that

fit in pockets or clutch bags (e.g., keys, makeup, feminine products, comb, phone, wallet, credit cards). Fans may carry a blanket over their arms, and binoculars and/or camera around their necks or in their hands without the case. Fans may also use the clear bag and clutch to carry these items and other permissible items. Every member of the family may carry in a permissible bag.

Will clear bags be available for purchase? Clear bags are being sold by the booster clubs – John Tyler and Tyler Lee Booster Clubs will sell at the home football games. Tyler ISD Athletic office will also have them available during office hours 8 AM to 4 PM starting Monday, August 20.