- Associated Press - Saturday, September 10, 2016

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The University of Alabama will enforce a new clear bag policy in an effort to expedite entry into home football games at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The policy will be implemented at the Crimson Tide’s home game against Western Kentucky on Saturday, Al.com (https://bit.ly/2c2N1NY) reported. The university hopes to help better public safety through the new initiative.

“This is about both safety and improving the overall fan experience,” the university website said. “The University of Alabama frequently reviews its public safety and stadium security policies looking for ways to improve them. The most recent review concluded that there is a need to adjust our policy to enhance public safety and make stadium access more efficient by limiting the size and style of bags carried into the stadium.

University officials say fans can bring in one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags. The only non-clear plastic bags that can be brought into the stadium is a small clutch purse no longer than 4 ½ inches by 6 ½ inches.

If any bag is larger, it must be clear and plastic. A complementary clear gallon-sized freezer bags will be available at the guest services locations outside the stadium if patrons don’t have a clear plastic bag.

Several schools, including Auburn, will implement the policy in 2016.

The school encourages all patrons not to bring bags, purses and backpacks.

“It is hoped that this will enable us to move fans through our security check points much faster, as it has at other venues where it has been implemented,” the university said. “A standard bag size simplifies the search process, making stadium security’s job much easier, allowing staff to be more efficient and effective in checking bags at points of entry.”

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