- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 24, 2016

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - All bags brought to ticketed Kansas State University athletic events must be clear starting next school year.

The Manhattan Mercury (https://bit.ly/1p42Rsu ) reports that the goal of the new policy is to provide a safer environment and speedier entry into venues. Many other collegiate programs and professional leagues have already adopted the policy.

“Fan experience and the safety of our guests is a top priority of K-State athletics,” said John Currie, Kansas State athletic director, in a statement. “World events continue to shape the methods utilized for venue security, and we are instituting this policy to enhance public safety and make overall venue access more efficient.”

The new policy will require all bags to be clear plastic, PVC or vinyl. They won’t be allowed to exceed 12 inches in width or height.

Besides clear bags, the policy allows small clutch bags and one-gallon plastic freezer bags. Medically necessary items will also be allowed after proper inspection. Football season ticket holders will receive one approved clear plastic bag per account when their season tickets are mailed in August.

Prohibited items include coolers, backpacks, diaper bags, camera bags, briefcases, fanny packs, luggage, purses larger than a clutch, and seat cushions with pockets and zippers.

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