Tallahassee, FL (Tallahassee.com) -If you're attending Florida State's season-opening football game in Texas, be aware: The game is in an NFL stadium, where carry bag policies are strict.
FSU opens the season Aug. 30 against Oklahoma State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex., home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.
NFL policy prohibits fans from bringing in a dozen types of carry bags, including purses, fanny packs, opaque backpacks, and diaper bags. Instead, fans can carry in only clear plastic bags, which measure no more than 12 inches by 12 inches by six inches. The NFL policy also allows fans to carry clear, one-gallon storage bags and clutch purses no bigger than five inches by eight inches.
Though FSU revised its bag policies at Doak Campbell Stadium last season to more closely match the NFL policy, FSU policy remains a bit more lenient. Purses and diaper bags are still allowed and the 12-by-12-by-6 bag does not have to be clear.
The FSU athletics ticket office sold 15,345 tickets to the game; thousands more FSU fans have purchased tickets through other sources. FSU, the defending national champion, is ranked No. 1 in preseason polls; Oklahoma State is unranked. The game (8 p.m., EDT) will be televised by ABC.
"I'm concerned fans will get to the game and not be able to take in a bag because they didn't know (the NFL policy)," said Liz Maryanski, FSU Vice President for University Relations. "It could be an unpleasant experience if people get out there and not know."
FSU fans have faced NFL stadium policies in recent road games against Miami, Pittsburgh and the ACC Championship game (Charlotte).
The Seminole Boosters plan an email blast to its 20,000 members today, covering several aspects of the game including the NFL bag policy. The FSU ticket office is expected to email all ticket buyers about the policy. The information is on the FSU sports website (Seminoles.com), plus the websites of the Seminole Boosters and the North Texas Seminole Booster club.
"We have it plastered as many places as we can think of to make sure people understand it," said Ben Zierden, the longtime FSU athletics ticket manager who is now a Seminole Boosters vice president. "Obviously, it's a concern that we make sure to communicate the information."
Fans can purchase the permitted clear plastic bags in advance of the game at the FSU bookstores at Campbell Stadium and on-campus (Woodward Avenue, across from student union). The bags also can be ordered online from the North Texas Seminole Club, for pickup Friday or Saturday in Texas (see box).
Game Day Bags
NFL approved stadium bags can be purchased online from the FSU bookstore ($9.95), which has locations at Doak Campbell Stadium and on-campus at Woodward Avenue. The North Texas Seminole Club is also selling bag ($10), which can be ordered online at http://www.nolezone.com. Bags ordered from the North Texas Seminole Club will be available for pickup at the Fort Worth Omni Hotel (Aug. 29, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Aug. 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) or Billy Bob's Texas nightclub in Fort Worth (Aug. 29, p.m. to 10 p.m.). Buyers should specify location at which they will pick up.