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Chiefs to give each season-ticket holder a free bag

Arrowhead Stadium
Arrowhead Stadium

The Chiefs announced Tuesday that each of its season-ticket holders will receive a free bag that complies with the NFL’s new stadium policy.

On June 13, the NFL implemented a policy that limits the size and types of bags that may be brought into each of its teams’ stadiums. The only bags allowed are clear plastic bags smaller than 12 inches wide, one-gallon Ziploc-type bags or small hand-sized clutch bags, according to the league. That means no purses for women.

Each Chiefs season-ticket account holder will receive one complimentary clear plastic bag branded with the Chiefs logo. Account holders with more than four seats, will receive one free bag for every four seats on the account.

“We want to help make the transition to the new policy as smooth as possible,” Chiefs president Mark Donovan said in a statement released by the team. “We hope that giving these approved plastic bags to our Season Ticket Holders will help with the adjustment and provide clear guidelines.”

The NFL Committee on Stadium Security in May unanimously recommended the implementation of the new policy with the hope it enhances public safety and makes it easier for fans to get into stadiums. It was discussed with all 32 clubs at the May league meeting and will be implemented at all NFL stadiums beginning with preseason games.

An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

Fans carrying bags that do not meet the criteria will be turned away from the stadium well before they reach the gates. Stadiums are encouraged to maintain an ample supply of clear plastic tote bags or clear plastic freezer bags to afford guests the opportunity to transfer their belongings to an approved bag before they approach the stadium. As an alternative for guests who have no other option, stadiums are encouraged to consider providing the opportunity to temporarily check non-compliant bags at a facility located well outside the bag-restricted area.