University Of Tennessee Athletics Department Changes Bag Policy To Increase SecurityBy Staff Reporter
In an attempt to to increase security in the campus, the University of Tennessee has initiated a change in its policies. Starting August, sports fans are only allowed to bring one piece of clear bag. Each bag should not be larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches in size. Aside from a bag, students are also allowed to bring a clear resealable plastic storage bag that is one gallon in size. Only one bag or one container.
For women, a small clutch purse that is smaller than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches is allowed inside. Aside from the bags mentioned above, no other bags or containers will be allowed inside any athletic venues.
This policy is effective in all athletic venues including Neyland Stadium, according to Wate. These bags will then be subjected to searches upon entry in the vicinity. Guards will be posted at the gates to check each bag.
The policy above is an initiated change in The Southeastern Conference mandate. The effectivity of the policy will happen in the 2017 academic year. The University of Tennessee has joined other SEC schools in implementing the security changes in 2016 instead of 2017. Schools like University of Alabama, Auburn University, the University of Florida, Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University, the University of South Carolina, and Texas A&M have already started this year.
But the bags are only part of the security measures in place. To ensure a good start, Tennessee Athletics has coordinated with Visit Knoxville and Coca-Cola to provide ticket holders with one complementary bag per household. The approved bag can be claimed at the Official Team Store over at Neyland Stadium.
Students and sports fans alike are advised to remember that alcoholic beverages, canned drinks, coolers and bottles are not allowed. As well as outside food. Radios without headphones, open umbrellas, video cameras, weapons, selfie sticks and noise makers are also prohibited in any sports or athletic venue.
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