As faculty, staff members and students prepare for the 2015 Mustang football season, SMU is sharing information about a new safety policy that will restrict items that may be carried into Ford Stadium.
The only bags permitted will be those made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC which do not exceed 12-by-6-by-12 inches, one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc or similar), or small clutch bags (about the size of a hand) with or without a strap. The clutch does not have to be clear and may be carried separately or within an approved plastic bag.
SMU’s gameday policy is modeled after that pioneered by the National Football League and in place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington and all other NFL stadiums. Other universities, such as Penn State and Rutgers, have made similar changes to their policies to embrace what the U.S. Department of Homeland Security considers a “best practice.”
The policy acknowledges the reality of contemporary public safety issues and allows for improved protection against items being smuggled into the stadium, as well as faster passage through security screening at stadium entrances.
Signs explaining the new Ford Stadium policy will be posted in and around SMU parking facilities to alert fans. Separate screening will be available at all gates for items that are medically necessary and do not fit the clear bag policy.
Things that fans normally carry in pockets can still come into the stadium in pockets – such as keys and cell phones.
The following items are prohibited from entering Ford Stadium:
- Computer and camera bags
- Cinch bags
- Diaper bags
- Fanny packs
- Luggage of any kind
- Seat cushions with zippers, pockets or compartments
- Outside food or drink (one sealed bottle of water permitted)
- Laser pointers
- Footballs or throwing objects
- Radios (except pocket size with headsets)
- Animals (except those assisting disabled guests)
- Firearms, weapons, or knives of any kind
Questions or comments should be directed by e-mail to SMU Athletics.