Rutgers Athletics Bag Policy

Fans will be able to carry the following style and approximately sized bags into all athletic venues:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and are approximately 12” x 6” x 12”, or
  • One-gallon clear plastic storage bag or similar, and/or
  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into athletic venues in addition to one of the clear plastic bag options.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at the Guest Services gates designated for this purpose.
Bag Policy
Bag Policy

Prohibited bags include: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

Prohibited items include: alcoholic beverages, selfie sticks, balloons, balls, bottles, cans, containers, coolers, fireworks, laser pointers, noise making devices, pets, smoking, sticks/poles, strollers, umbrellas, weapons and other items deemed dangerous and/or inappropriate.


Why did Rutgers Athletics adopt this policy?

The University’s Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and University’s Division of Administration & Public Safety meet regularly to evaluate existing policies, practices and procedures to determine their level of compliance with industry recognized best practices. This review resulted in a determination that a realignment of the policy was in order to continue to provide for the best fan experience.

This proactive measure both will enhance safety inside and outside of the athletic venues and speed the security screening process for all fans. The public deserves to be in a safe, secure environment. This is about both safety and improving the overall fan experience.

Was this step taken because of what happened at the Boston Marathon?

This policy is continually evaluated against the real world events and industry recognized best practices. It has evolved so that we can continue to adjust to the realities of public safety. We were discussing a new approach to bag restrictions prior to the Boston Marathon incident.

Are other venues adopting similar policies to limit or restrict bags?

Yes. National Football League (NFL) stadiums and NCAA stadiums have adopted a very similar policy in order to provide an additional level of safety for spectators and fans. In addition, many universities have a policy that prohibits bags of any size. These limitations on bag size and style are an enhancement for convenience and safety of our fans.

How does the new policy improve public safety?

Any prohibited bag at the gate will be highly visible and more quickly resolved. Prohibited bags will be turned away. Clear bags are easily and quickly searched and greatly reduce faulty bag searches. It also supports the Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign.

How does this make it more convenient for patrons?

This will enable us to move patrons through our gates much faster. Staff will be more efficient and effective in checking bags that are brought into athletic venues. There will be less time spent standing in lines at the gates and fans will have more time to get to their seats prior to the event. Shorter lines mean quicker entry and fewer hassles. Fans also will also enjoy an improved sense of safety.

How many bags can each person bring into athletic venues?

Each ticketed attendee (including children) is limited to one large clear bag - either a one-gallon clear plastic storage bag or the approximate 12” by 6” by 12” clear bag - plus a small clutch. The one-gallon clear storage bag is readily available, inexpensive and enables a quick and efficient entry procedure into the stadium. The small clutch allows privacy for small personal items and also is easily searched.

Can fans carry cameras, binoculars, smart phones, tablets, seat cushions, seat backs separately from what they put in a clear bag?

Yes, all these items can be carried into the athletic venue, either on their own or in a clear plastic storage bag. This is not a restriction on items that fans have been able to bring into the athletic venue previously. It is only a restriction on the type of container used to carry the items.

Are umbrellas allowed to be carried into High Point Solutions Stadium?

Items such as umbrellas have been always prohibited from the stadium and therefore will continue to be prohibited under the revised procedures.

What about bringing blankets and extra jackets/clothing in cold weather?

Fans will be able to bring these items into the athletic venues by tossing them over a shoulder or arm. Items that are folded up will have to be opened up in order to gain entry into the athletic venue.

Are all purses prohibited?

No. Unlike some athletic venues, we are not banning all bags. Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, are permitted along with either the approximate 12” by 6” by 12” clear tote bag or the one-gallon clear plastic storage bag.

Do I have to put everything I’m carrying into the permissible bags?

No. We are limiting only the type of bags carried into the venue, not items that you normally bring to a game. Therefore, you can carry in your pockets or jacket (keys, makeup, feminine products, comb, phone, wallet, credit cards, etc.) if you choose not to put them in a clear bag or clutch. And you can carry a blanket over your arms, and binoculars and/or camera around your neck or in your hands without the case. You can use the clear bag and clutch to carry other items. You will continue to have the flexibility to bring a wide variety of approved items into the venue. Every member of your family may carry in a permissible bag.

What about diaper bags?

For the safety and security of our fans we are requesting all items, including baby supplies to be carried in approved clear plastic bags. If there are medical necessities for an alternative bag, fans will be directed to guest services.

If I have special medical equipment I need to have with me at all times, where do I put that?

An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at the Guest Services gates designated for this purpose.

Will this policy affect the ability of fans to tailgate? Are there limitations on tailgating items?

No. Fans will be able to enjoy tailgating activities in the parking lots and do so with greater safety and knowledge that entry into the stadium will be smoother and faster.

Where are the Guest Services gates located at High Point Solutions Stadium?

The Guest Services gates are located at a designated North, West and South gate.

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