Since 1989, the losing team in the Super Bowl is 5-17 in Week 1 (0-12 in last 12 years).
The NFL is continuing to try to improve safety throughout the league on the field but this time the safety changes are coming to stadiums and the fans. The NFL has changed their policies on what kind of bags fans can bring into stadiums. With the recommendation of the Stadium Security and Fan Conduct Committee, there will be new strict rules regarding bags. No more purses, backpacks, coolers and even seat cushions will be permitted in stadiums across the country.
Starting with the 2013 preseason only clear bags made of plastic, vinyl, or PVC will be permitted inside the stadiums. Dimensions of these bags must not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. Don't worry ladies, small "clutch" bags will still be allowed in. The reason for the ban on seat cushions is to prevent the possibility of hiding an explosive device.
The NFL's ideal world is that fans leave all bags at home but part of this measure is to speed up security bag checks at the gate. Binoculars, phones, cameras and bags made for medical purposes will still be permitted into stadiums. The NFL will offer plastic tote bags with team logos for fans to use...for purchase of course. The NFL hopes their new policies will help improve the overall safety of fans attending games.
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