OSU enforces Clear Bag Policy

The photo illustration depicts an example of approved items in a clear gallon sized bag acceptable for ticketed athletic events. The Clear Bag Policy was put into play beginning with baseball games.

Jarred Bierbrauer and Anna Weeks, Multimedia Reporter

The Clear Bag Policy restricts size, types of bags at ticketed athletic events.

Fans will be forced to leave the backpacks and purses at home next game day in exchange for clear bags and small clutches.

Oregon State University Athletics announced they are implementing a new policy requiring all attendees to use clear bags at ticketed sporting events starting with baseball games in 2018.

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According to the OSU Ticket Central Site, approved bags include clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches; one gallon resealable plastic storage bags; and small clutch bags no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches (approximately the size of a hand with or without a handle or strap).

Steve Fenk serves as the associate athletic director of communications for OSU. 

“Clear bag policies are becoming industry standard for professional, college and other venues,” Fenk said. “Not only does the clear bag policy enhance security for fans and participants, it speeds up security measures at entry gates, allowing fans quicker access to the stadium.”

Each attendee is allowed one clear bag and one small clutch, which is still subject to be searched upon entry. Those requiring specific medical equipment will be subject to additional screening, according to the Beaver Ticket Central website.

“A new policy always causes some confusion and frustration, but after just two weeks, Beaver Nation is becoming accustomed to the new policy that will be in effect at most of our venues,” Fenk said. “As the policy continues to be implemented it’s our goal to have our valued fans experience a streamlined entry process that will make attending an athletics event more enjoyable.”

In addition, athletics created an approved items list, which includes blankets, empty water bottles, seat cushions without pockets, appropriate signs, service animals and more. Items not listed on the approved list will not be allowed entry into the stadium. 

Lieutenant Eric Judah of the OSU police believes OSU is taking a step in the right direction with this new safety precaution.

“I believe the biggest pro is that the policy will improve public safety in the venue,” Judah said. “A con might be some minor inconvenience as fans get used to the policy. However, if a fan intends to violate the prohibited item list, they might be put out because they are being denied the ability to bring that item in.”

Ryan Bucher is the associate athletic director for facilities and event management for OSU.

“We’re trying to get on a national standard; most of the Pac-12 schools are already doing this,” Bucher said. “It’s about us just trying to create some new policies to hopefully create a safer environment for our fans.”

With ease and safety in mind, OSU’s Clear Bag Policy matches those of other universities across the country, including Pac-12 schools Stanford, University of California Los Angeles, Arizona State University, Colorado University, University of Southern California, University of Washington, University of Arizona and University of California Berkeley. 

This policy has also been seen at the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championships and throughout National Football League stadiums.

“I think that there’s investment all around,” Bucher said. “It will take some getting used to of our fans, we hope that a new policy of clear bags doesn’t scare people away. As long as people know that.”

According to the OSU website, the Clear Bag Policy will not affect tailgating outside of the stadium in any sort of way. Approved bags can be purchased at the Beaver Bookstore on campus.