Reporting John Shumway
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s hard to believe football season is almost here.
The Steelers’ first preseason game is Saturday and there are new, tougher security rules at Heinz Field.
As a reaction to the Boston Marathon bombing, the NFL is instituting a clear bag policy.
Purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags and camera bags are all banned from the stadium.
Here’s a list of what fans can bring in:
Clear plastic bags no bigger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches.
A one gallon, clear plastic freezer bag similar to a Ziplock bag and small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand with or without a strap.
“I don’t like it, sorry,” said Pam McClain of Cleveland. “I just think I should be able to bring my purse in, if you want to search it, I’m more than happy to have you search it, but I’d rather not have to have everything exposed for everyone to see.”
Many people agreed with McClain, but not everyone.
“Considering the times, it’s a good idea,” one fan said.
The Steelers sent all season ticket holders a voucher to get one of the $5 logo bags for free and are handing out non-logo courtesy versions free at training camp, and will also be all over the North Shore and Downtown on game day doing the same.
The Steelers will play host to the New York Giants at 7:30 p.m.
You can watch the game on KDKA-TV!
Coverage starts at 7p.m. with the McDonald’s Steelers Kickoff pregame show.
CBS’ primetime programming will air on our sister station, Pittsburgh’s CW between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.