Minnesota Wild to female fans: Your big purse is now a problem

Why don’t more women go to sporting events?

Why would you want to run the gauntlet that women have to run to get into an arena?

The Minnesota Wild on Tuesday became the latest sports franchise to double-down on security measures, announcing a new policy that will hit women hardest.

It’s important to note that most mass shootings are carried out by men, but whatever. Women are going to have to leave the handbags home under the new security measures going into place on Sept. 20, when the Wild play the Dallas Stars in a preseason game.

The new regulations are somewhat similar to the NFL’s. No handbags that aren’t clear. Clutches are still acceptable as long as they don’t have straps. Bring everything in a one-gallon baggie if you want to.

The new measures are designed to speed up the lines going through security at Xcel Energy Center.

You know who’s mostly responsible for those lines? Men.

Spend any time at all watching fans passing through metal detectors at sports events and you’ll see plenty of men holding things up because they didn’t take cellphones, keys, wallets, smokeless tobacco tins, nail clippers, and small knives out of their pockets. Why go through metal detectors just once when you can go through three or four times, remembering what you didn’t take out of your pocket each time? Hey, maybe, ban cargo shorts, NHL.

Women? All of their stuff is in a bag. Easy.

Under the new rules, if women show up with a purse that’s not clear, they’ll be told to take it back to the car, a system that might work great if everyone comes in a car.

  • John

    I biked to a Twins game a couple years ago – wouldn’t have been able to get there that way if this were their policy. I carried comfortable shoes and my helmet (after I got off the bike) in a backpack.

    Hope they rethink this.

  • chlost

    It’s been a while, but on our recent visit to a show at the Orpheum Theater, I was surprised to have my purse checked via flashlight, and be wanded before entry. I hadn’t even thought of that possibility. Haven’t been to a sporting event in an even longer time, but when I did, no big security metal detectors were used. My how times change.

    • Kassie

      Every music venue is searching purses these days. The State Fair did at the gates and at the Grandstand.

      • L. Foonimin

        I went to the state fair several times this year with a camera bag, “security” glanced for a nano second into the main compartment, never bothered to look in the several smaller zippered pockets where weapons would be carried … as others have noted this is Security Theater and lawyer inspired COA

  • jon

    // take it back to the car.

    Really encouraging public transit to get to the game.

  • Glsai

    It’s not limited to just sports. I heard that at the recent Taylor Swift concert had a similar restriction with piles of purses just sitting outside the venue.

    *edited to add that even some smaller (not ultra small) purses were considered too large to bring in*

  • KTFoley

    Oh, heck no.

    I wonder how they’re expecting to grow young fans if the parent can’t bring in all the accoutrements necessary to get from point A to point B with their young family members. Or did ticket prices take care of that problem already?

    On the other hand, the scenario of spouses handing this&that to their partners with the words, “honey can you put this in your purse” cannot die soon enough.

  • KTFoley

    I’m guessing that clear totes will be for sale at a predictably inflated price just outside the venue?

    Or should I buy a case of Zip-Loc freezer bags and prepare to make my next fortune across 41 home games?

    • theoacme

      Go Aldi-generic zip bags, markup can be higher…or, if you have a RedCard and Cartwheel, go Up and Up at Target…

  • TBH

    I was at the Vikings opener on Sunday and saw 3 good looking purses in the garbage can right next to the security line 🙁

  • Mike Worcester

    I think Big Purse is behind this. After all, who will stand to gain financially? The purse industry, that’s who. (And yes, that was sarcasm…)

    I’ll also admit I’m one of those guys who has held up the line emptying my pockets.

  • Jeff C.

    What is the problem that this is solving and how is it solving it?

    • Jeff C.

      I posted my question at the website that announces the policy. If the NHL cares to answer, I’ll post their reply here.

      • John

        I wouldn’t hold my breath. the only answer is terrorism that hasn’t actually happened yet.

      • Jeff C.

        For the record, they never replied. 🙁

    • Governor Squid

      A big part is people sneaking in a fifth of whiskey in the wife’s purse, and then getting drunk and disorderly. The arena wants to sell us its overpriced drinks, and to deny service once we start getting out of hand.

      Also, if somebody does decide to clock the guy in front of them with a sock full of quarters, they need to have a policy they can point to that absolves them of liability. I suppose we could all stand in line signing waivers, but I’m not sure that would be any more efficient.

      But more than any of that, I suspect it’s just to weed out any fans that might have good sense or self-respect. Gives them a lot more leeway when it comes to pricing tickets and merchandise, and keeps the coaching staff from getting criticized by people who really know what they’re talking about.

      • The alcohol problem at sports events is most certainly a significant problem– one that’s created almost EXCLUSIVELY by the venue. Does hockey cut off alcohol sales before the end of the game like baseball does?

  • John Maddening

    This is ridiculous. I ride my bike downtown to games in the fall and spring, and yeah, I’ve got a small (non-clear) bag that has my helmet and my headlight and taillight so they don’t get stolen from my locked bike. I can’t “take it back to my car”, my car is four miles away at my house.

    How about a line to go through IF you have a bag? I’d have no problem with that.

    • Brian Simon

      I guess it was a number of years ago now, but last time I went, they took our bags with helmets, etc & stored them for us. It worked great.

      • John Maddening

        Huh, they haven’t ever taken mine.

    • Jack

      I believe that the Gopher football games have lines for those with no purses. At least that’s what I remember from last year.

      And yes – it’s usually the guys that slow everything down as they are looking for the metallic items.

      Maybe the women are just used to being basically strip-searched at TSA that they are hyper-vigiliant at getting everything out that could set off the wand. 🙂 (Speaking from experience….)

  • BJ

    Here is a trick that has worked for my wife. She has her small ‘travel’ purse, inside of the clear bag we have for our sporting season ticket games. Along with the things we bring to the games all in the clear bag. 1 time in the last 24 games did anyone even give her none conforming purse a second look because it was in the clear bag.
    Here is the bag we bought for under $7 on amazon- > http://a.co/d/dQCya6W

  • Jerry

    It’s a good thing women’s clothing is known for having large, functional pockets.

    • Camille Beach

      #NoPocketsNoPeace!

      • Kassie

        I want this on a tee shirt.

  • Renee Schwartz

    this article is spot on. it is ALWAYS the men holding up the line — the women are prepared, bags and purses open, kids in a single-file, jackets off…meanwhile, there is a guy digging for the nickel in his pocket….makes me not want to go, and being a season ticket holder, that is NOT good…

    • KTFoley

      Wait, I’ve met that person … repeatedly, in the security line at the airport.

  • Charlie Hurd

    OMG, the patriarchy again 🙂

  • Paul Drake

    Not news. Race tracks have been doing this for 8+ years.

    • Nobody made any claim for it being new except at Xcel

  • Postal Customer

    Maybe men hold up the line because there are more men at the game.

    • There are. But that doesn’t vchange the fact that women get through quicker.

      • S Borms

        Sounds real scientific Bob. “I saw a guy a few weeks ago must have gone through seven times.” That means all men take longer than all women right? I’ve never done anything but walk straight through. I must but one of those rare men that think ahead. Your whole piece is nothing but an article meant to troll.

        • Who hurt you, S?

          • S Borms

            Sorry for pointing out the inadequacy of your arguments and the fact that you steriotyped tens of thousands of men based off one guy you saw. No one hurt me, who hurt you? Not defending the Wild or their decision, just find your premise comically hypocritical.

          • It shouldn’t be hard to understand why many men leave stuff in their pockets and women generally do not. But whatever.

          • S Borms

            Now you’re arguing women are better at taking things out of their pockets? I thought this was about purses? What happen did you realize your initial argument was flawed and based off a stereotype and decide to change your premise?

          • // Now you’re arguing women are better at taking things out of their pockets? I thought this was about purses?

            Spend any time at all watching fans passing through metal detectors at sports events and you’ll see plenty of men holdings things up because they didn’t take cellphones, keys, wallets, smokeless tobacco tins, nail clippers, and small knives out of their pockets. Why go through metal detectors just once when you can go through three or four times, remembering what you didn’t take out of your pocket each time? Hey, maybe, ban cargo shorts, NHL.

            Women? All of their stuff is in a bag. Easy.

      • Postal Customer

        I take a few things out of my pockets, place them in the bowls, and off I go. They take 10-15 seconds to search my wife’s purse.

  • JamieHX

    What’s the problem with straps? Some disabled people don’t have free hands to carry something like a plastic bag full of stuff and need to use cross-body bags (mine is quite small) or have things strapped on in some other fashion.

    • Makes no sense

    • Kassie

      People with disabilities were my first thought of who this really hurts. Second is people who want to bring small children to games and need a diaper bag. Third are those who don’t drive to games for whatever reason.