TCU is turning to NFL-style security measures at athletic events, beginning with Friday’s football game against Baylor and volleyball match against West Virginia.
Fans will not be allowed to bring in backpacks, diaper bags or other large bags, the school announced Monday. It said an exception would be made for “medically necessary” items after they are inspected.
Fans will be allowed to bring in clear pastic, vinyl or PVC bags no bigger than 14x14 inches, a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag, an unopened bottle of water and hand-sized clutch bags “with or without a strap or handle” that “can be taken into the venue with one of the clear plastic bags.”
The policy is similar to the NFL policy instituted two years ago.
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The statement from TCU asked fans to consider arriving earlier than normal to account for the new policy.
Here is the statement from TCU:
Due to recent events worldwide, TCU Athletics has announced new security measures to provide the safest environment possible at its home athletics contests.
Beginning with Friday’s 2 p.m. home volleyball match versus West Virginia and the 6:30 p.m. football game against Baylor, only the following items will be permitted upon entrance into TCU athletics facilities:
•Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceeding 14 inches by 14 inches
•One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
•One unopened bottle of water
•Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the venue with one of the clear plastic bags
•Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at stadium/arena gates
Backpacks, diaper bags and other similar bags will not be allowed. Due to increased security screening, fans are asked to arrive at stadium/arena gates earlier than normal.