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UF changes bag policy for 2016 football season

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field is seen during the first half of a game between Florida and Arkansas in Gainesville on Oct. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field is seen during the first half of a game between Florida and Arkansas in Gainesville on Oct. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (Associated Press)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Only clear bags will be allowed at Florida Gators home football games beginning this season, the University of Florida Athletic Association announced this week.

The association said the change was made in the interest of fan safety.

Beginning with the season opener on Saturday, Sept. 3, against Massachusetts, the following guidelines will be used:

Approved bags

  • Clear plastic, vinyl or PVC  bags that do not exceed 18"x6"x 18"
  • One-gallon clear, re-sealable plastic storage bag
  • Small clutch bags no larger than 4.5"x6.5", approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap
  • Medically necessary items (after proper inspection)
     

MORE: Visual look at allowed/prohibited bags

Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to:

  • Purses
  • Backpacks
  • Cinch/Drawstring Bags that are not clear
  • Briefcases
  • Coolers
  • Fanny packs
  • Luggage of any kind
  • Computer bags
  • Camera bags
  • Binocular cases
  • Personal seatbacks
  • Any bag larger than the permissible size

(For the full list of prohibited items, refer to the FloridaGators.com online game day page.)

Also new for the 2016 season: 

Personal seatbacks will not be permitted inside the stadium. Seat cushions that are no larger than 16 inches, do not have pockets, and do not have a back are permitted. 

Fans will still be able to utilize Gator Seatbacks while inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida football season ticket holders can purchase a seatback for the entire season, while non-season ticket holders can rent a seatback the day of the game.

For information about Gator Seatbacks, visit UFGatorSeats.com or call 1-866-910-9287. For day of game rentals, Gator Seatbacks are available at kiosks located at Gates 3, 7, 16, and 18.