NFL to enforce bag control for all stadiums

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has announced an increased control of bags allowed to enter all stadiums starting this season.

Entering Sun Life Stadium, or any NFL stadium, with a bag will be a little more difficult in 2013. According to the league, the measure will increase safety, while expediting entry, to NFL games. The increased prohibitions will go into effect beginning with this year's preseason games.

Under the new rules, which was unanimously recommended by the NFL Committee on Stadium Security and approved by the collective owners in May, bags over 12" x 6" x 12" will not be allowed in the stadium at all. Those that meet the size standard must be clear to be allowed through the gates.

Clear one-gallon freezer bags will also be allowed.

While not many, there are a couple of exceptions to the clear bag rule. Bags for medically necessary items, as well as small, hand-sized clutch type bags, will be allowed into the stadium after being searched. A specific gate will be designated at each stadium for the searches.

Items that are specifically prohibited under the new rules include purses larger than a clutch, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage, seat cushions, computer bags, camera bags, and anything larger than the prescribed size.

"The safety of our fans and guests is of the utmost priority," said Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium CEO Mike Dee of the new rules. "We have always been and are committed to continue to work tirelessly to ensure that every individuals experience at Sun Life Stadium will be a safe and enjoyable one."

"Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment," added Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer. "Public safety is our top priority. This will make the job of checking items much more efficient and effective. We will be able to deliver a better and quicker experience at the gates and also provide a safer environment. We appreciate our fans' cooperation."

Tailgating will not be impacted by the policy.

For more information on the acceptable bags, check out NFL.com/allclear.

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