Apogee Stadium implements new clear bag policy

Apogee Stadium implements new clear bag policy

Apogee Stadium implements new clear bag policy
September 15
12:31 2018

UNT athletics implemented a clear bag policy at Apogee Stadium for the 2018-19 school year. Attendees are not required to use a specific bag, but they are restricted in that the dimensions cannot exceed 12-by-6-by-12 inches.

The policy has been in the works for a while, but this semester is the first time the athletics department is in a position to fully implement it at UNT. Information started being released in 2017 to inform people of the upcoming changes implemented in fall 2018.

“The biggest reason is really just to be in line with what everybody’s doing across the country for all major event venues,” said Eric Capper, senior associate athletic director for communications. “It helps us gives us a chance to give our fans a safe and secure environment, and also it expedites the check-in process of people as they’re coming in to the game.”

Capper shared that fans and spectators are not necessarily barred from bringing anything in that they formerly could or could not bring in, the only new change is what those items are packaged in.

After last weekend’s “soft opening” of the new policy at the football game against SMU, Capper shares that the goal for the first week was to inform and educate fans of the policy.

“Our policy this fall was basically to have a soft opening the first week with the SMU game and make sure people are just aware, use it as an education tool and an opportunity to just make sure fans know that this is what we’re doing now,” Capper said.

Though the policy’s “soft opening” was intended to be an educational tool for the first game, some students found the ordeal confusing.

“I thought the way they released the policy was very confusing and I think it caused a lot of delays for people getting in to the game,” business analytics senior Karas Mantz said. “I noticed that the security seemed uncertain about what was considered OK for a clutch, and they were stopping a lot of people who had very small ID carriers and saying that wasn’t OK.”

While Capper said overall feedback has been positive, some student reactions to the new policy have been mixed. Additionally, the lack of privacy created by the use of the clear bags is worrisome to fans who may be carrying personal hygiene products.

“I just think it’s a little annoying because everybody can see everything you’re carrying unless it’s just a small little clutch,” said Aurora Swafford, junior communications and history double major. “It’s pretty unaffecting to the guys because they can just put things in to their pockets and you don’t get to see all of their pads and tampons and stuff like that that’rein their bags.”

Capper said the new policy is only at Apogee Stadium for now, but it could be implemented at other sporting events elsewhere across campus in the future.

“It’s not just football games, anything that’s a major public event at Apogee Stadium is clear bag policy,” Capper said. “We have not implemented it for the other sporting events yet, but that is something that could eventually come.”

Visit https://meangreensports.com/sports/2018/8/15/clearbagpolicy.aspx for a detailed list of what is allowed and prohibited from Apogee Stadium.

Featured Image: A clear bag policy for Apogee Stadium is now in effect. The University of North Texas implemented the policy for Apogee effective Sept. 1. Isabel Anes

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