NFL steps up security measures at games
FOXBORO, Mass. (WHDH) -- The NFL's regular season kicks off in 20 days.
As fans head back to the stadiums for preseason games, they are learning about restrictions on bags they can bring inside the venues.
The NFL said it wants to improve security but some fans fear the league is overreacting.
Football fans who are used to bringing large bags and purses to NFL games will be in for a surprise this season.
The league has banned most types of bags.
People who don't follow the rules will be turned away at the turnstiles.
"Ever since 9/11 life has changed, and you know, and in Boston,” one woman said.
In May, just weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing, the NFL’s stadium security committee voted to limit the size and types of bags allowed into stadiums.
A league spokesman says the change will allow teams, “To deliver a better and quicker experience at the gates and also provide a safer environment."
Fans experiencing the ban for the first time this preseason are a bit skeptical.
“I've had season tickets for over 36 years and they continue to complicate things over and over again here,” said one fan.
You can't bring everything - but you can still bring a few things. Fans are allowed to carry a small clutch style purse.
A one gallon plastic storage bag is also allowed, as are clear bags, which are being sold by many teams.
Other items that are banned include any type of luggage, zippered seat cushions, and computer or camera bags.
The league believes fans will adjust to the changes quickly.