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Continued: NFL purse ban has smooth Dome debut — with a only a few hitches

  • Article by: JOY POWELL , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 10, 2013 - 8:29 AM

Anderson said Vikings officials will regroup next week to discuss how they can tweak the gameday process to make it more convenient for fans.

Needing a packhorse

Justin Ohm, a 31-year-old teacher from West St. Paul, was told at one gate that he couldn’t get into the Dome with his 35mm camera in a small camera bag, so he tried another gate. Security workers there said his camera would be allowed, but not the bag.

He and his father, Ron Ohm, 57, of New Ulm, spent 20 minutes wending their way through the crowd to check the bag. But then they were nearly turned away at another gate because of the camera before a security worker waved them through.

“It seems like overkill,” Ron Ohm said, noting the rule had been inconsistently enforced.

Sue Wilson, 57, of Rochester, wasn’t fazed. Wearing pocketless slacks, she toted her cellphone, keys and a cough drop in a plastic bag. “It doesn’t really bother me,” she said.

“As long as you have a packhorse,” interjected her husband, Dennis Wilson, 57, who carried her money and identification in his pockets.

Joy Powell • 612-673-7750



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  • At the Metrodome, the NFL has instituted that non-clear bags larger than 4.5" by 6.5" cannot be brought into the stadium. Left to right, security supervisor Steve Smith told a very frustrated Jody Volk of Mankato that her purse way too big too bring inside. "Who is going to carry a clear plastic bag with feminine products?," said Volk who was with daughters Lexi and Alix.] tsong-taataarii@startribune.com

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  • At the Metrodome, the NFL has instituted that non-clear bags larger than 4.5” by 6.5” cannot be brought into the stadium. security staffer Toywonia Jones gave Francis Barriga the option of putting her purse items in a clear baggie. Barriga chose to return to her car and leave her purse there. ]

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