If you're trying to figure out what you're going to wear tomorrow's Seahawks game, don't bother trying to match your purse to your shoes -- because unless it's clear or a clutch, your purse is persona non grata at Century Link.
New regulations on what fans can pack into the stadium are expected to put a damper on the team's second pre-season game tomorrow, as many of the 55,000 fans who are predicted to turn out may not have heard about the new rules that were announced earlier this summer.
The new policy, which is part of a partnership with the NFL and other stadiums across the country, is called "All Clear," and it's designed to keep fans safe -- by permitting only very-small bags and specified clear totes or bags, which allow security officers to see what's inside. Approved totes will be supplied to season ticket holders and available in the pro-shop.
One-gallon Ziplock bags and clutch purses (the size of a hand or smaller) are also allowed.
What can't you pack inside? From the NFL:
Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.
The 12th Men aren't necessarily pleased with the new policy.
"The rule is overkill and idiotic and does not accommodate women, children, the elderly and those with disabilities," commented one Seahawks Facebook fan, adding that "it needs to be reconsidered!"
Many fans echoed a belief that the new policy was just another way for the NFL to squeeze more money from fans.
"Why don't you just up the beer prices? That's what this is all about right?" asked another commenter.
But NFL officials say it's all in the name of safety.
“Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment,” NFL vice president and chief security officer Jeffrey Miller, explained in a press release, noting that the policy isn't meant to be punitive or for profit, but rather, fast and functional.
“Public safety is our top priority. This will make the job of checking items much more efficient and effective.”
The new policy will be enforced at tomorrow's game, and every other game of the season, at all NFL stadiums.