Alamodome institutes clear bag policy for all events

Only clear bags allowed starting June 10

SAN ANTONIO – The Alamodome has instituted a clear bag policy for all events starting June 10. The only bags or purses allowed inside must be clear, plastic, vinyl or PVC and they cannot be bigger than 12 inches-by-6 inches-by-12 inches.

"I think it's a good idea. After (the attacks on) London, I'm scared for everybody now. So I don't think it's going to be an inconvenience for anybody," said Elizabeth Smith, who was visiting the Alamodome on Thursday.

"(There are) too many people trying to take things in they're not supposed to take in, so I'm for it," said Judy Lopez, who was also visiting the Alamodome.

There are a couple exceptions. Small, clutch-style purses that do not exceed 6 inches-by-6 inches-by-6 inches will be permitted. There will also be exceptions made for medically necessary items and diaper bags but only after they are thoroughly inspected at Alamodome entrances.

"We're finding that stadiums of our size are doing it all over the country, especially all NFL stadiums, so we're having our clients requesting what that policy is," said Michael Sawaya, director of the convention and sports facilities department for the city of San Antonio.

In a release, Alamodome officials said the new policy is in the interest of public safety and said the ban would be similar to the NFL’s clear bag policy.

“The safety of our guests is the Alamodome’s highest priority,” said Nicholas Langella, Alamodome
general manager. "We are instituting this policy to enhance public safety and to make entry more
efficient and secure by limiting the size and style of bags allowed into our facility. The clear bag reduces
the likelihood of faulty bag searches and continues our commitment to the Department of Homeland
Security’s ‘If You See Something, Say Something’ campaign.”

Prohibited items include all purses, bags, containers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, computer bags, camera bags, and seat cushions. Binocular cases are also prohibited, but binoculars themselves are allowed and may be worn around the neck.

"Everything is so dangerous now. You never know what's going to happen from one second to the next, especially for our kids. There's going to be a lot of kids coming to concerts, so it's a good idea," Smith said.

Visitors can get more detailed information about what will and will not be permitted on the Alamodome website.

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