No Bags at Sun Life Stadium: Get Ready for Airport-Level Security at Dolphins Games

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The only type of bag allowed into Sun Life this year.
This year's horrific Boston Marathon bombing sent a clear message to NFL security chiefs: Big public sporting events are still prime targets for anyone looking to wreak havoc with a bomb. Their response? Leave your coolers, large purses, zipped-up seat cushions, and oversize bags at home.

Getting into Sun Life Stadium might not quite equal a TSA-level patdown just yet, but the only thing you'll be able to take to Fins games are clear plastic bags and hand-size purses. Not everyone is thrilled about the change.

"It's discriminatory against women," Jets fan Katie McSherry tells the New York Times, pointing out purses are specifically targeted. "Men don't have to worry about it."

Others charge that the move is just a stealth play to prevent fans from taking their own food and drinks into games or to add a revenue stream by encouraging fans to buy team-branded clear bags now for sale online.

But NFL officials say its all about safety. "The Miami Dolphins are committed to ensuring the fan experience is second to none," the team says in a release sent to Riptide. "The safety of our guests at Sun Life Stadium is essential."

Here's a chart of what you can expect to get into the stadium this year:

via Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins will send a clear bag to every season ticket-holder, but other fans will need to track down an approved sack on their own.

Fans will get their first taste of the new policy this Saturday when the Dolphins host their first exhibition of the year at Sun Life.

At last weekend's preseason games, the Times found many women complaining their purses didn't pass the test and led to long delays while handbags were searched and their owners were sent back to their cars to stow the bags.

The problems were bad enough to inspire one parody that's racked up close to 400,000 views on YouTube this week:

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omegawolf747
omegawolf747

It's time for a boycott of the NFL and any other major sports venues that enact policies like this. They have pushed us too far with searches and bans and total disrespect for our right to privacy and to bring our food with us. Let the NFL rot and go bankrupt. There is more to life than football anyway.

verdisvioletta
verdisvioletta

Thanks for posting this! I have tix for the Saints game on the 28h and would have been PISSED to have to walk all the way back to the car. 

Charles M. LaBow
Charles M. LaBow

Best solution, stay home, let the greedy team owners rot. The view on television is better than any seat in the stadium.

jazz
jazz

Wait, does this apply to the parking lot or the actual stadium? In my lifetime (26yo), fans have never been allowed to bring their own food and drinks INTO the stadium, but if we can't tailgate, then what's the point of going?

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

That's more than I need anyway. Easy solution, stay at home or go to a bar.

JoseDuran
JoseDuran moderator communitymanager

@jazz Tailgating is still allowed. This only applies to entering the actual stadium.

miacane86
miacane86

@Barbara Rodriguez-g UM issued a press release earlier today saying they're following suit. I'd guess they're required to follow the same rules as part of their lease.

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