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How to Pack for a Football Game with the NFL All Clear Policy in Mind

NFL_Shield_Clear_Tote_BagMany consumers are not fully aware of the NFL's new All Clear Policy at stadiums. After the Boston bombing, the NFL no longer wants to take chances with regards to your safety so the new policy require fans to leave their bags at home or in the car for speedier access to stadiums and enhanced security.

The NFL is now following the lead of other pro leagues and college stadiums to include parking lots that are patrolled by security personnel. Since the NFL banned coolers and backpacks in 2001, this change goes further to protect fans.

The NFL has notified all season ticket holders prior to the season so no one in surprised and many team are even providing clear bags and bag-check facilities as fans transition.

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12.”
    (Official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags), or
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
  • Logo on bag cannot exceed 4.5″ tall by 3.4″ wide.
  • Small clutch purses, approximately the size of a hand, or 4.5″ x 6.5″ with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at the gate.
  • Diapers and wipes can be carried in a clear bag, however diaper bags are not permitted.
  • Each member of a family, including children, will be able to carry an approved clear bag and a clutch purse.


Once you get used to it, the changes are not bad at all. A few simple switches from anything below to the approved bags above and you are ready to go.

NFLAllClear Non Approved Bags



Yeah I know that for you fashionistas, a clear plastic bag might not be on the fashion cutting edge. Well here are a few ideas to get you going. These bags can be found at I love them and use one myself.

Keep everything you need and look good while doing it!

Truffle Bag for the NFL All Clear Policy Truffle Bag for the NFL All Clear Policy 3 Truffle Bag for the NFL All Clear Policy 2


 Be certain to head to the NFL Website for more information on the All Clear policy.
NFL Stadium PolicyDisclosure: I am participating in the #NFLAllClear team with The Online Mom. All opinions are 100% my own and were not influenced in any way.

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  1. Kendra Kroll (@PortaPocketGal)

    or….can also try some hands-free alternatives? …why not just wear what you need so no need to babysit that bag? 😉 ahhh….. freedom!
    ♥ @PortaPocketGal

  2. Autumn

    Great tips! I thought it was just my stadium! Thanks!

  3. Great tips! I don’t usually bring a purse, just my phone, credit card and license but I like that they are doing this.

  4. Jenn

    WOW! I didn’t know that! it makes sense though!

  5. BerryRipe

    This blog post is beautiful. The images are great and what a great idea for the NFL.

  6. Football season is officially here! Love this tutorial!

  7. Thanks for sharing that. Not that I am going to a game anytime soon, but you never know. I fully respect why that is.

  8. Great tips. I’m not to sure I’d ever want to use a clear bag again because I had to do it in high school and hated it. 🙂

  9. Great information! I am sure all professional sports will go that way. Glad my boys are just about potty trained and I “need” very little anymore to survive with them. 🙂

  10. Jacklynn

    I didn’t know about this new policy! I’m actually going to an NFL game next Sunday so this is good to know!

  11. Things sure have changed. I try to bring in as little as possible when we go to ball games.

  12. Some very good tips. I bet this would be a good rule to follow for college games as well.

  13. This was kind of upsetting to someone whose family has season tickets to the Bears. Ugh, the things you must do as a fan.

  14. Wow. I had no clue that they made this rule. I’ll definately be sharing this with my NFL loving friends!

  15. While I am not a huge fan of the clear bags, I can see the need for them. It doesn’t bother me.

  16. I had no idea! It’s been a while since I’ve been to a game! Thank you!

  17. Great tips!! And perfect season for this post 🙂

  18. I had no idea of the All Clear Policy! My husband would love to watch a game this year so you never know when this info will come in handy.

  19. Great ideas! Although, I think it’s kinda lame that they won’t let women in with purses but men can wear extremely baggy pants or shorts with huge pockets and sneak stuff in just the same.. but either way, that NFL bag looks great 🙂

  20. I just saw a coat today that is made with zillions of pockets to account for their rule. Interesting changes afoot, huh?

  21. These remind me of the see through backpacks that were popular when I was in elementary school. Kinda fun :).

  22. I love this, BUT, I don’t like the new seat rules. It’s hard for me to attend a game and not have a VERY padded seat with all of my restrictions and back injuries. I am hoping that the medical policy will still allow some sort of comfort for those that need it.. Otherwise, for no reason other then comfort I will have to bring my wheel chair to the games.

  23. First of all, I think it is really sad that they even have to do this in the first place. Sad how our society has changed so much in just the last decade. But I”m glad they are taking safety seriously. It makes sense, although I’m confused how a few of the bags on the “not allowed” list are worse than the bigger clear bag. Ok, so I’m thinking of the dreaded 80’s fanny pack. But, I guess they have their reasons.

  24. mel

    These are great tips! We are huge NFL fans so I appreciate this! I remember when I was younger and you could bring so much into the stadium- times have changed!

  25. I haven’t attended a pro football game, but I know lots of moms who do. In the interest of safety I hope people follow this rules.

  26. I think this is an extremely lame rule. I also don’t understand why clear totes are acceptable but clear bookbags are unacceptable. So I’m supposed to CARRY a tote bag up 20 million stairs? I will have to either stay home or go to a sports bar.

  27. Chloe

    I love this! I am going to the Bronco at Titan game tomorrow, and I looked this up. It explained it well.

  28. I like how you included that you can bring bags that are clear and plastic to an NFL football game. My husband wants to take my family to a game and I didn’t know what we were allowed to bring to a stadium. I’ll keep this in mind if we do ever end up going to one.

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