When I first heard this story, I had to first take a deep breath, regain my composure, fix my face (which was scrunched up in a weird angry-frustration expression) and do some research on this information I hoped was just a rumor.
Well, it’s true.
The NFL instituted a new rule on Thursday which bans handbags at games. According to NFL.com fans, particularly women will only have a few options:
They only will be allowed to bring in small clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″.
It seems the NFL will be selling plastic totes on NFLShop.com — these bags will have the team logos.
Other options include a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (like Ziploc) or a small “clutch bag,” approximately the size of a hand.
An exception will be made for medically necessary items after they’ve been properly inspected at a gate designated for this purpose.
“Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size,”
And what’s the reasoning behind this?
“Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment,” said Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer. “Public safety is our top priority. 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. We appreciate our fans’ cooperation.”
Uhhhh, what? While I understand the need for safety, this seems a bit extreme. I’m sure the bombing at the Boston marathon was an impetus to this decision, but this seems to go too far. The good news is that at least we can still carry a clutch, but when you have a cell phone, keys, the necessary lip gloss, your I.D., and cash, you need a clutch large enough to carry it.
And let’s not even talk about women’s feminine needs which must be attended to. Expecting me to carry a large zip lock bag with my team logo containing my feminine products on display is beyond absurd. What’s the point of having a clutch that won’t be big enough to carry your tickets in?
While I do think some handbags are just too large for games, I think smaller purses should be allowed. What about the cross-body bags? They are small and provide women the space they need for their personal items. Women make up almost 50% of NFL fans and this is not going over well.
If you want more information on the policy, check out: http://www.nfl.com/allclear
In the meantime, Jersey Girls, let’s get our minds right for the upcoming season.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,