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Do's and don'ts for preseason opener include plastic bags, purses

Because most of us can't remember ... what were we talking about?

Here is a reminder from the Vikings about he do's and don'ts for those attending Friday night's preseason opener at TCF Bank Stadium:

VIKINGS REMIND FANS NFL’S ENHANCED PUBLIC SAFETY POLICY WILL BE IN PLACE FOR SECOND SEASON BEGINNING WITH FIRST PRESEASON GAME THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 8

Eden Prairie, MN (August 5, 2014) – With the Vikings first preseason game set for this Friday, August 8, the team is reminding fans of the NFL policy that limits the size and type of bags allowed in the stadium on game day.

The league-wide policy, which will be in place for the second straight season at all NFL stadiums, is designed to provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite fan entry on game day. The Vikings strongly encourage fans to not bring any type of bags, but fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container at stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.” (Official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags are available through club merchandise outlets or at nflshop.com), or
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
  • Clutch bags no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”, with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size. For additional information, go to NFL.com/allclear.

Turner: Bridgewater playing at an 'awfully high level'

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw his third interception in training camp during Saturday night’s practice in a red zone situation. All three turnovers occurred within the last week, while he went through OTAs, minicamp and the start of training camp without an interception.

To some, Bridgewater’s interceptions might a sign that he’s struggling. To offensive coordinator Norv Turner, he has a different perspective.

“I think he’s playing at an awfully high level,” Turner said when asked about Bridgewater’s interceptions.

Turner said he’s placed Bridgewater in situations he won’t be faced with in a game to figure out what exactly the rookie can do. Both Bridgewater and Cassel have thrown over 150 passes with three interceptions each, according to Turner. He said each had an interception on a bad read, a wide receiver mistake and a great play defensively.

“There’s no full speed rush like a game, but I’m excited about what Teddy’s doing,” Turner said. “I’m really excited about how Matt’s playing. We’re not going to win every play. If we had not thrown an interception, you guys would be wanting to know what’s wrong with the defense and why aren’t we intercepting any balls.”

Turner said head coach Mike Zimmer has a plan in place to play Bridgewater with the first team during the preseason. Bridgewater has been mixed in with the first team offense during 11-on-11 periods over the last week in an open competition with Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder for the starting quarterback position. Turner did not mention whether Bridgewater would be involved with the first team offense during the preseason opener against the Raiders on Friday, but he wants to see Bridgewater management skills in his first game.

“He doesn’t have to be sensational, he just has to make good decisions,” Turner said. “He needs to protect the ball, get our group in and out of the huddle, get in the right play, get in the right protection. That’s the biggest thing about managing the game. He’s going to make plays. When he had an opportunity out here, he’s made plays. He’s made big plays throwing the ball up the field, and he’s made big plays checking the ball down.”

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