Stadium Don’ts: More Banned Items Added to List

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CLEVELAND-- When you go see the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium, you may be shocked to find out what you can't take inside. The list of prohibited items is growing.

"I don't see why they are making a big issue out of it, because you go to the game to have fun," said Donnell Rouse of Cleveland.

The NFL implemented a new bag policy to improve safety at games across the league.

The NFL's new policy limits the size and type of bags allowed into stadiums starting in the preseason.

Jeffrey Miller, the NFL vice president and chief security officer in a release said, "Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment; public safety is our top priority. This will make the job of checking items much more efficient and effective. We will be able to deliver a better and quicker experience at the gates and also provide a safer environment."

So what can't you bring into the stadium? Purses, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage and computer and camera bags.

"I actually think that women should not be able to bring purses in because it's tight, in close quarters; I think you bring exactly what you can carry for security issues," said Jeanine Maddox of Sagamore Hills.

One kind of bag you are allowed to bring into FirstEnergy Stadium is a one gallon, clear Ziploc bag or a clutch bag about the size of a hand.

"I believe we have to live in a society of heightened security, but at the same time we have to use common sense if a criminal or a bad guy wants to hurt somebody, they definitely will do that," John Spiccia of Highland Heights said.

The new policy already has some Browns fans considering whether or not they will drive to the stadium to watch the game.

"I don't go to Browns games all the time, but if I'm thinking I gotta not carry my purse that's really going to deter me from going to a Browns game," said Yolanda Butler of Cleveland.

"I think our freedom is taken away little by little," said Tanner Fischbach of Berea.  "By the end of the day our freedom will be taken away but this doesn't really bother me."

Like it or not, it's the new policy everyone must follow.

A bag exception will be made for medically necessary items after they've been checked at a specific gate.