Are the new security rules during Vikings games excessive?

This is the largest bag that will be allowed in NFL stadiums from now on. The Vikings sent tote bags like these to ticket holders, as part of their awareness campaign about the new NFL policy. (MPR Photo/Tim Nelson)

“The Vikings will kick off their 2013 pre-season against the Houston Texans at 7 o’clock tonight. The NFL is also kicking off a new security regime and the Vikings will be banning a wide variety of items fans are used to carrying in to their seats,” writes MPR News reporter Tim Nelson. “That includes women’s purses bigger than an open hand.”

The NFL announced the plan earlier this summer in the wake of the Boston bombings. It’s the strictest security policy in professional sports and will be instituted across the league in coming days.

Here’s a cheat sheet for fans going to Vikings games, from now on.

Out:

Purses bigger than 4 .5″ by 6.5″
Backpacks
Coolers of any size
Briefcases
Fanny packs
Seat cushions
Camera bags
Computer bags

In:

Clear tote bags, no bigger than 12″ by 12″ by 6 “
Gallon sized, clear resealable bags
Clutch purses without shoulder straps
Transparent plastic shopping bags, 12″ x 12″

Today’s Question: Are the new security rules during Vikings games excessive?

  • Gary F

    Excessive? If people keep buying tickets, I guess not.

    Another thing that reassures my decision two seasons ago to stop watching the local pro team and the NFL as a whole.

  • PaulJ

    Security people do tend to empire build; but, in their defense, they are dealing with a huge downside.

  • reggie

    I guess to improve the like-you-were-there experience in my man-cave, I’m going to have to start wanding the guys and charging $10 for a beer while we watch at home. And don’t even think about bringing your own snacks. They’ll be confiscated at the door so I can sell more chips smothered in a cheese-like goo.

  • James

    “Tightened security” is such an awesome way to keep fans from smuggling in a Diet Coke or a package of Cracker Jacks. There’s probably $10/fan/game upside for the teams with these new rules.

  • Michelle

    No, not excessive at all. We used to be season ticket holders and watching that many people crammed into one space always made me wonder after 9/11. I think this is a good change.

  • Jeff

    Just one more reason to watch the game at home.

    • Ralfy

      Just one more reason to find something, anything, else to do on Sunday. Watching rented human physical freaks smash into each other for entertainment, hero worship and ego gratification? Aren’t we better than that?

  • JQP

    Its not far enough. I’d like to see everyone naked. Much safer that way.

  • Max

    I don’t see how this really affects anyone. The purse size is maybe a little inconvenient, but how many people really need to bring a back pack, brief case, or computer bag. You’re there to watch a game. How many things do you need to sit in a seat for three hours? Given the size of the seats in the Metrodome, I don’t even know where you would put all that stuff.

    • JQP

      Every parking lot tell you not to leave valuables in the car. I’m just imagining someone setting up a semi-trailer with a bunch of storage lockers and bins and a $20 security fee.

  • John

    I think they should add cavity searches. How do we know if someone is sneaking in one of those small bottles of booze in their rectum? Or even one of those computer generated and 3D printed guns in the shape of the sigmoid colon.

  • Mary

    I guess they are trying to keep woman and babies out of the stadium. I won’t be gong to a game this year, can’t stand the dome anyway.

    • Pearly

      woman and babies? What does it mean?

  • Pearly

    At this point what difference does it make? The NFL as we know it is almost over.

  • Personalitems2013

    I hope this is really a proactive way to keep people safe but really, I’d would be careful of everyone seeing one’s own “Personal items.” We all should have a good laugh right now and see it as a way of paying for the Viking’s Owner’s latest Money Scandal as well.