New NFL policy bans purses from Vikings games

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During a recent press conference, a Vikings official held up an example of a purse that won't be allowed at games this season.
Ever arrived at the Metrodome for a Vikings game with just a few minutes to spare before kickoff, only to be forced to endure an extremely slow line to get into the stadium as everyone in attendance is patted down and all bags are inspected?

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The NFL is trying to prevent that from happening this season at stadiums across the league. But toward that end, it's implementing a policy that will be a pain in the ass, especially for female fans.

Essentially, fans will no longer be able to bring purses into NFL stadiums, including the Metrodome. Here, via Vikings.com, is a breakdown of what's allowed and what isn't (click to enlarge):

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During a recent news conference, a team official acknowledged that while the move is intended to increase safety and expedite the process of getting into a game, "It's going to be a significant change for our fans."

"We're going to encourage our fans to not bring any bags into the stadium on gameday, but obviously we know that won't be feasible for all fans," the official said, adding that all season-ticket holders will be mailed clear tote bags like the one shown in the above graphic.

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swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

I probably won't go to another Vikings game.  I've been to a few; mostly with tickets I was given.  I love sporting events, but Vikings games are loud, profane drunken brawls.  I'll certainly never again take a kid there.  My two kids got free tickets for the 4 of us to go a few years ago from a reading program at our inner-city school.  Although I knew enough to get us all foam earplugs from the amplified fake crowd noise, there wasn't any way to filter out the drunken louts vomiting and spilling beer and screaming obscenities.

On the other hand, I took my kids to Twins, Lynx, and Gophers baseball and volleyball games when they were mere months old.  Chicks of all ages dig a guy who brings a baby to the ballgame.  My son loved the clapping when he was a few months old and just learning how to clap himself; he was delighted that everybody else had figured it out too.  When kids get tired and need to look at something else, you just head out to the concourse or a while.  Just like restaurants, theatres or other places where children can be a pain in the ass, it's the parents' fault for not making sure the kids are well-rested, up-to-speed on behavior requirements or for not taking a kid out of the situation before everyone else is bothered.  Kids don't start right up with misbehavior; a parent who is paying attention has plenty of warning.

That said, an NFL game is not an appropriate environment for young children.  At all.

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

Watch it on TV like I do, people. No bag needed. Ticket money in the bank. Boom. Solved. Better yet, become hockey fans, and get to the arena early. Boom. Solved. Also, I gotta agree with the guy who said leave the babies at home. It's ridiculous to bring young children to sporting events. They don't have fun. You don't have fun. The people around you don't have fun. If this policy keeps children out of the stadium, then this is a good policy. It makes people better parents by default.

trahshechique
trahshechique

Well, now I will just have to get one of those flask bras I always wanted.

FTW

Elisabeth Morley
Elisabeth Morley

What about people with chronic health issues that require a bigger bag to carry prescription drugs or other items that are necessary for them to get through the day? I for one wouldn't want to advertise health issues by having to carry all that stuff in a clear bag--people with diabetes, auto immune diseases, etc. shouldn't have to get bothered at a sports games.

footnotegirl
footnotegirl

I'm sure that this move has absolutely nothing to do with increasing purchases at vendors. And women totally LOVE using clear totes that display their pads and tampons! Great way to appeal to the ladies! Also, great way to keep families with young kids attending because no one ever needs diaper bags or other supplies for little kids, amirite?!

Dee Finkelson
Dee Finkelson

Buy clear plastic bag. Now ppl can see what's in it. Then rob ....

Brian Carpenter
Brian Carpenter

Parents have no business bringing diaper-age children to a pro football game. It's loud and crowded. Pretty much the worst environment to bring a small child... especially since they don't care about the game at all. Get a sitter.

Bill Menezes
Bill Menezes

No purses? That keeps out about what, 90% of Viking fans?

David Hlavac
David Hlavac

This is going to be an absolute nightmare as fans enter the stadium and there will be so much hate that the NFL will reconsider the policy before the regular season starts. You heard it here first...

Matt Connell
Matt Connell

Ban jackasses. Oh wait, then no Vikings fans would be allowed in. ; )

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Can't wait to test this with a diaper bag...frightened fucking fascists. 

heather.vandenheuvel
heather.vandenheuvel

Wow. Not that I plan to support the Vikings a single penny more than the taxes I think are BS, but now it looks like they've come up with a new plan to get fans to buy their overpriced clear bags. Way to go, team.

Mike Worcester
Mike Worcester

Of course they want you to buy the clear bags with the Vikings logo on them!

Beth True
Beth True

Never seems to be a problem at Twins games. Guess they'll get all my support.

Barkingshins
Barkingshins

Folks, you're only going to be there for a few hours.  You'll survive without a huge bag full of crap.  Trust me.

Brian J. Schmitz
Brian J. Schmitz

So they also don't want families to go either - no diaper bags allowed with those size restrictions (unless they are see through I guess)...

John Wolfsberger
John Wolfsberger

<------You heard it here first. This stupid rule will be reversed.

Beth True
Beth True

are men going to have to be patted down, too?

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

Who cares?? No one can afford to go to the games anymore anyhow! What are the tickets at the NEW stadium gonna cost? 300, 400 bucks a ticket? I love football, but f*** the NFL and all their exclusionary rules for fans.

Beth True
Beth True

So... they don't want women at games? And apparently women have started most of the dangerous disturbances in the crowd?

Molly Rice
Molly Rice

I'll be sure to bring the clear plastic ziplock bag to carry around a few tampons and my credit cards for everyone to see.

_Joe_
_Joe_

One more reason not to go to games.  As if there weren't enough already.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Curtis Meyer how does a kid in your section affect your level of enjoyment? critical think much?

stop telling others what is and what isnt ok


ok

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Brian Carpenter really not any of your business what parents decide to do with their children. Your comment is so worthless and thoughtless i can barely comprehend your stance. 

i would encourage you to delete your facebook account as you don't quite understand this whole internet thing yet. good luck on forming relevant opinions going forward

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Beth True I hope not.  Then I'd have to leave my gun at home.

Onan
Onan

@Molly Rice  - Men should do this as well.

footnotegirl
footnotegirl

@Keira McMillen I'm sure they're thinking "No purse/bag = no water bottles, granola bars, candy bars, gum, sandwiches = lots of concessions" 

<sarcasm>Because men carry wallets in their pocket and all a woman needs is a man to pay for things for her, right? </sarcasm>

truckmeyer
truckmeyer

Keep young children at home. They have no place in the stadium or arena.I see people with babies at the hockey arena. Why? It's cold. It's loud. It's bright. And if a flying puck hits that baby...dead baby.Leave the kids at home. If you can't comprehend why that makes sense, then do us a favor and stay home with them.

truckmeyer
truckmeyer

Don't get me wrong, I love babies. I think they're delicious.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@truckmeyer again, you dont get to mandate what others do. childcare is expensive and babies get free admission. no brainer. 

how does this affect you? your comment is even more worthless and thoughtless. 

You are obvi some sick fat cracker ass sports nut 

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