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Get ready for new bag rule for NFL games

Posted by: Mark Craig under NFC Updated: July 31, 2013 - 2:32 PM

FYI to all you fans planning to bring oversized bags to the Aug. 9 preseason opener at the Metrodome:

DON'T DO IT! Here's why ...

Starting with their Aug. 9 preseason home opener, the Vikings will be adhering to the NFL’s new policy that limits the size and types of bags that fans will be allowed to bring into the stadium on game days. Here’s what will be allowed:

. Clear bags that do not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. The Vikings will send season-ticket holders a bag of this size with a team logo on it.

. One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag. Zip-lock bags will be available at the stadium.

. Small clutch bags, about the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap, can be brought in along with one of the above clear-bag options.

Exceptions will be made for medically-necessary items. For more information, go to



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