Utah Athletics Introduces Clear Bag Policy

Utah Athletics Introduces Clear Bag Policy

SALT LAKE CITY — After a year experimenting with voluntary clear bags at University of Utah athletic events held in Rice-Eccles Stadium and the Huntsman Center, a clear bag policy to enhance public safety and make access more efficient has been officially enacted for 2018-19.

The first event under the mandatory clear bag policy will be the annual Red Zone Fan Fest on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 6-8 p.m. in Rice-Eccles Stadium.

The University of Utah adopted this policy in order to provide a great game day experience by making the stadium access more efficient. This proactive measure will enhance security inside and outside of the athletics venues and speed up the security screening process for all fans.

The approved clear plastic bag size is a maximum of 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches or a one-gallon clear plastic bag. Each ticketed guest can carry one (1) large clear bag, along with a small clutch for privacy.

A variety of options are available, including a clear 12” by 6” by 12” bag with no commercial identification or an inexpensive Ziploc bag. In addition, fans may carry their own small clutches. For fans wishing to purchase team logo bags, they are available at URedZone.com.

Guests wishing to bring in cameras, binoculars, smart phones or tablets, may carry these into the stadium as long as they are not in a bag or case. For example, while binoculars and cameras are allowed, the binocular/camera case is not allowed.

Only approved seat cushions (18” in width or less) may be carried into the venue. Large traditional seat cushions that have pockets, zippers, compartments or covers are not permitted. Seat cushions and seat backs without pockets, zippers, compartments or covers are permitted.

Guests may also bring blankets and jackets into the venues by tossing them over a shoulder or arm. Items that are folded must be opened and inspected in order to gain entry into the venue.

Guests carrying medically necessary bags or equipment into a venue will be required to have their bag inspected by security. Diaper bags are permitted but will be subject to search. Guests must have the infant(s) present for which the diaper bag is being carried when the diaper bag is searched.

Prohibited bags will be turned away. Guests carrying a prohibited bag will not be permitted into the venue and will need to return their bags to their vehicle.

A complete list of approved and prohibited bags are below. Fans can also access Utah’s clear bag policy and FAQ page by visiting www.stadium.utah.edu/clearbag.

Approved items:

  • Clear plastic bags (no larger than 12″ x 6″ x 12″)
  • Seat cushions and chair backs (no larger than 18”; no pockets, zippers or covers)
  • Non-transparent clutch purses (no larger than 4.5″ x 6.5″)
  • One-gallon clear bags (re-sealable)
  • Approved family care/diaper bags (must have infant present; bag will be subject to search)

Prohibited items:

  • Backpack
  • Solid print plastic bag
  • Fanny pack
  • Purse
  • Mesh bag
  • Duffel bag
  • Large tote/computer bag
  • Camera/binoculars case
  • Cinch/drawstring bag
  • Grocery bag