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NFL Stadiums To Ban Backpacks, Large Purses

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, the NFL has taken steps to ensure the safety of their fans.

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In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Bengals, and the 31 other teams that make up the NFL, have decided to ban backpacks and large purses from being brought into the stadium in 2013 and beyond.

"Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment. ... This will make the job of checking items much more efficient and effective. We will be able to deliver a better and quicker experience at the gates and also provide a safer environment," said Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer, in an NFL statement.

Fans will be able to bring in clear plastic bags and small purses, but larger bags, including camera bags and backpacks will no longer be allowed in the stadium. Considering the security risk and the amount of people in close proximity, it's somewhat surprising that the NFL hasn't taken this step already.

So, if you go to games at Paul Brown Stadium or elsewhere around the league, remember to leave your backpacks or large bags at home because they won't be allowed in anymore.