Now, we’d been to Riverfront Stadium for several Reds games, but those games had elderly-type ushers, not armed security guards. It kind of spooked us in to going again.
Still, we’ve always wanted to attend a game at Heinz Field to watch the Steelers play and when the opportunity arose, we jumped all over it (Happy Father’s Day to my hubby). So, was I surprised at the e-mail I received in the mail last month (in preparation to attending this Saturday’s game)? Not really. This is what it said:
The NFL’s enhanced public safety policy affects the type and size of bags that are permitted into the stadium – not the items that you normally need to bring to a game.
Every fan may use the following specified bags to carry items into the stadium:
- One bag that is clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and does not exceed 12” x 6” x 12” OR
- A one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar) AND
- In addition to one of the clear bags noted above, fans may also carry in a small clutch bag or purse approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap
Please note: An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection.
To find the NFL’s policy please visit http://www.nfl.com/allclear and refer to your team’s specific stadium policy for complete safety information.
I feel like I’m going back to work at Stern’s (a now defunct department store I worked at for a short period of time while we were stationed at Ft. Monmouth, NJ (1980s)--which I though was located in the Neptune Mall, but I can’t find the mall on a map, so it’s possible it went bye-bye. Talk about a blast from the past reminder!). I couldn’t take a purse inside the store, not unless it was clear plastic. Nice to feel like a criminal before I’d done any kind of crime!
Anyway…I find it sad that the NFL has to have these policies (not to mention those armed security guards). That people can’t just go to the games to have a good time. You’d think with the price of the tickets, they wouldn’t need to worry about this kind of crap.
I have a feeling this may be the LAST NFL game we attend. I’d much rather go to baseball and hockey games. At least there I don’t feel like a criminal (or in fear for my life!).
Have you ever checked out a map of a place you used to live at? I like to see how much I remember or how much has changed. Or are you one of those strange people I’ve met who have never lived anywhere but one city? If so, what is that like?