Wisconsin Athletics announced Monday that it will establish a new bag policy for home games at Camp Randall Stadium. The new policy states that bags larger than 6.5” x 4.5” are not allowed in the stadium unless they are clear. Clear tote bags up to 12” x 6” x 12” will be allowed, and the University will provide one tote bag per household to season ticket holders when tickets are mailed out.
Additionally, Wisconsin Athletics’ official merchandise store, Bucky’s Locker Room, will have clear bags for sale. It is unclear if student ticket holders will receive a free tote bag as well.
UW’s Senior Associate Athletic Director for Capital Projects and Operations, Jason King, said the decision is based in safety.
“The University of Wisconsin wants to help ensure a safe and secure environment for fans,” King said. “We believe that the clear bag policy is an important step towards enhancing public safety while also improving efficiency at our stadium entrances. We frequently review our policies against industry standards for stadium safety. Clear bags are among best practices endorsed by security experts including the Department of Homeland Security. This measure will also expedite the security screening process for all fans.”
Many stadiums across the country have turned to this kind of policy. Wisconsin becomes the ninth Big Ten franchise to establish a clear bag policy. Three Big Ten schools do not allow any bags to enter their stadiums, even if clear. The NFL and SEC have already adopted such a policy.
As of now, Wisconsin Athletics has only established this policy for games at Camp Randall.