UK bans backpacks, large bags from Commonwealth Stadium

August 22, 2013 

University of Kentucky football fans will face new limits this season on what they're allowed to bring into Commonwealth Stadium, the school announced Thursday.

UK's news release said the changes are in response to recent national events and industry trends regarding security at large assembly events.

Beginning with Kentucky's home opener against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 7, backpacks and large bags are prohibited from entering Commonwealth Stadium.

Fans will be allowed to bring in one small bag, no larger than 13.5 inches by 10 inches by 7 inches. The bag must fit within sizing bins at all entrance gates of the stadium. UK officials are encouraging fans to arrive early and bring as few items as possible into the stadium.

"With the support of numerous campus, local, state and national public safety agencies, our collective primary objective is to provide a first-class guest experience in Commonwealth Stadium on game days," said Kevin Saal, UK's senior associate athletics director for operations and championships. "Safety and security are critical components of that experience, and these new procedures represent industry-standard best practices for large assembly events."

The new security policy will be added to UK's pre-existing list of prohibited items for Commonwealth Stadium. The updated list prohibits:

■ Alcohol

■ Aluminum containers

■ Artificial noisemakers

■ Backpacks

■ Chairbacks larger than 18 inches

■ Firearms

■ Food

■ Golf carts

■ Glass containers

■ Ice/ice chests

■ Irritants

■ Large bags

■ Pets (excluding service dogs)

■ Portable/combustible fuel heaters

■ Tobacco products

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