CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Throw it away or take it to your car. That's the Paul Brown Stadium policy regarding large purses on game day. It's an NFL policy and a league wide security measure implemented last fall but at Paul Brown Stadium it seems not everyone got the message.
It is right there in writing at the gate.
A strict rule that has given some Bengals fans a headache. No purses larger than 12"x6"x12" are allowed in the stadium. All purses with the exception of handheld clutch purses must be clear material.
"People need to understand that if you show up with a large purse you are very likely to be turned away," said Bob Bedinghaus, Director of Business Development for the Bengals.
The Bengals say it's the same policy at every NFL stadium but FOX19 NOW received pictures of medium to large purses inside Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday. It is frustrating for those who abided by the rules and for the ones turned away at the gate like Trevor Day who tweeted he was barred from the game due to the size of his girlfriend's bag.
"Is it unthinkable that a purse might show up in here? No. But if it is, it is obviously searched," said Bedinghaus.
While a few bags out of tens of thousands could make it in Bedinghaus says the policy overall is effective for security and shorter lines at the gate which is the ultimate goal for all NFL teams.
"People love to stay in their cars until 12:30, 12:45 and then everyone shows up at the security points at the same time so instead of having lines that might last from here all the way down to the holy grail, the idea is to expedite the process of people getting in," said Bedinghaus.
If you do make it to the gate without a clear bag, the Bengals say the NFL Pro Shop at the stadium sells them. Online they are priced at about $10.
Learn more about the NFL Stadium Bag Policy.