Syracuse University’s recently implemented clear-bag policy at the Carrier Dome is an effective safety measure, crowd management experts said.
The policy, announced in August, requires that bags brought into the Dome be see-through, plastic and under a certain size. It went into effect during the first SU home football game last Saturday.
Bags brought into the stadium can be no larger than 12-by-6-by-12 inches. Attendees can also bring a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag, a hand-sized bag for personal items, a diaper bag or a bag for medically-necessary items.
Gil Fried, an expert on stadium safety and risk management, said clear-bag policies aren’t new to college stadiums. Fried, a sports management professor at the University of New Haven, said many of these policies are modeled after the NFL’s stadium bag policy, a practice certified by the Department of Homeland Security as an effective anti-terrorism technology.
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