Fans asked to plan ahead for new policies at Colts games
This is the weekend many of us have been waiting for - the start of the NFL preseason. But there are some changes you need to keep in mind if you are planning to attend this Sunday's game against Buffalo at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Colts recently announced a new security police from the NFL that will change what fans can bring into stadiums.
How well the message has reached fans, however, will be tested this weekend.
When Josh Woods goes to a Colts game at Lucas Oil Stadium, he travels light.
"I bring myself," said Woods, a longtime Colts fan.
Woods' friend, Jared Denman, said the same goes for him on game day.
"When I go to the game, I don't bring nothing with me," explained Denman.
That could be a wise move, now with the NFL's new policy prohibiting bags, purses, fanny packs, seat cushions and camera bags.
The policy prohibits anything that's not either a small hand-sized clutch or a see through bag that's no bigger than a one-gallon Ziploc bag.
The NFL is offering fans a chance to buy see through bags with an NFL emblem on it. The Colts have sent those bags to all season ticket holders.
"For the first couple of games, I think its going to be bad," said Denman of the new policy.
That's what Indiana's Department of Homeland Security said it's worried about this weekend when the Colts take on the Buffalo Bills.
They're concerned that not everyone will have gotten the message about the new bag policy.
"They're going to get told that they can't bring that in and they'll have to go back to their car and lock it back up in their cars," said Gary Coons with the Indianapolis Department of Homeland Security.
If fans don't want to turn around and walk back to their cars, Coons said he's worried people will try to stash a bag behind a bush, or a wall, anywhere to keep it safe until after the game.
"They kind of toss it into a tree or behind a pillar or something thinking that it will still be there when they get back and it's not," explained Coons.
Coons said police will either confiscate the abandoned bag or destroy it if authorities think it's suspicious.
"It draws on resources when you do, when people do that, so we're asking everyone to have a plan. Plan ahead. Know what the rules are," he said.
IMPD will have an increased presence, but it will not be a dramatic increase from seasons past. It is estimated there will be around 75 to 100 officers inside and outside the stadium.
There will also be a secondary perimeter to catch folks who are trying to enter the facility with bags that will no longer be allowed.
Everything that goes in will be subject to inspection.
Eyewitness News will be giving away the NFL-approved clear Colts fans to visitors at the Indiana State Fair Friday afternoon between Noon and 6:30 p.m.