The Bengals are instituting some policies and regulations on stadium entry and what fans can bring into Paul Brown Stadium. It's part of a new initiative born by the NFL to help increase safety for all attendees.
The team's official website outlined what is and is not going to be allowed into the stadium for the upcoming season. It starts this Saturday with the team's preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans. Here is an excerpt from their announcement:
The Bengals strongly encourage fans to not bring any type of bags, but outline what is permissible:
Beginning with this Saturday’s preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans (Aug. 17), fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container at stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium:
Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12." One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar). Small clutch bags of any kind, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap. An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.
Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.
Not only is this an effort to expedite fans' entry into the stadium, it's likely a response to the Boston Marathon tragedy that struck that athletic event a few months ago. After that horrible bombing occurred, many professional sports leagues began brainstorming strategies to increase safety and not have a reoccurrence of that attack.
So, if you are attending any Bengals games at PBS, or at any other stadium, be aware of the following outlines. More on the policy can be found here.