Female football fans get ready for new rules

The NFL announced new security measures at stadiums next season.
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Football fans are still reacting to a new NFL policy that will ban purses and other bags from stadiums this fall.

Colts fans can still wear the bling, but the sacks have to stay in the parking lot.

Eyewitness News asked fans what they would think if they had to carry things from their purses in a clear plastic bag instead.

"Might be kind of awkward," said one fan.

"I would say they're crazy. They're crazy," said Patricia Miller.

"It's an invasion of my privacy to some extent," said another woman, Donna, downtown Wednesday.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, that's how the NFL wants women and all fans to pack for the stadium. No purses, backpacks, camera bags, coolers or fanny packs. No seat cushions either.

Instead, one-gallon clear plastic Ziploc bags are recommended.

"It can become a nuisance," Donna said.

Miller and Patricia Stewart say, "Women have to, I guess, we have to have our privacy. There are certain things women have to carry that other people should not see."

"We have to assume there's a real threat out there," said Purdue's Eric Dietz, a homeland security expert.

The NFL's plan comes just as it's trying to get more women to the stadium. But Dietz thinks it's reasonable.

His Purdue team monitored long lines last month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as fans waited to have their non-see-through coolers and bags checked. See-through bags, says Dietz, "should go very quickly."

Unlike closed coolers or purses, "that could take 30 seconds or a minute a bag. Sixty-thousand people in a stadium could come out to be 1,000 man hours."

"We'll all be encouraged to travel a little lighter and do with a little bit less but it's certainly going to be more of a challenge," Dietz said.

And when we told people the see-through purse was for security, almost everyone told us they support the plan.

"If it's a rule to keep me safe, then I'll follow it," said one fan.

"It's just sad that that's what it's come to," said Jessica Neumann.