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Bags Banned At M&T Bank Stadium Due To New NFL Safety Regulations

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—When the Ravens play the Atlanta Falcons in Thursday's preseason game, fans will see a few big changes at M&T Bank Stadium.

Jessica Kartalija explains, from now on, leave the bags at home.

Bags won't be allowed into the stadium. There is a place where you can check your bag for free before the game, and you will be allowed to pick it up when you leave.

Before fans see the Ravens take the field, they will see new signs banning handbags and purses.

"Because of who we are, because of the type of business we are in and because we are considered a target for guys with ill intentions, we have a concern," said Roy Sommerhof, stadium operations.

The NFL created the policy and released a video

"You cannot bring in camera bags, diaper bags, backpacks or totes," Sommerhof said.

Ravens fans are allowed to carry clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags, one-gallon size clear freezer bags or small clutch bags into the stadium

And of course, the Ravens are also selling their own version.  Now, if you do need medicine during your time at the game, you are permitted to take that into the stadium.

Season ticket holders will receive a free bag in the mail.

The goal is to make the stadium more safe and efficient. M&T Bank Stadium is also adding express lines.

"The express lines are intended for those who are not carrying bags in, and we think it will get people into the building much, much quicker," Sommerhof said. "We think we are well ahead of the curve, and we are setting the pace for stadium safety."

Several universities started using similar safety regulations last season.

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