SYRACUSE — Syracuse University is changing its security policy for the Carrier Dome.
School officials announced Thursday a new clear bag policy and walk-through metal detectors will be in place starting with the football home opener on Sept. 8.
The clear bag policy limits the size and type of bags permitted inside the dome. Vinyl or PVC bags must be no bigger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags are another option.
Small clutch bags for personal items, diaper bags, and medically necessary items also will be allowed along with one of the clear bag options. Seat cushions and seat back chairs are permitted, but they can't have pockets, zippers or be in their own carrying bag.
Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: backpacks, binocular cases, briefcases, camera cases, cinch bags, computer bags, fanny packs, printed pattern plastic bags, tinted plastic bags, oversize totes, mesh bags, large purses, or any bag larger than the permissible size. Prohibited items must be returned to the owner's vehicle or discarded.
All season ticket holders for football, men's and women's basketball, and men's lacrosse will receive one approved clear plastic tote per two tickets. The season ticket holder bags are a partnership with Galaxy Communications. Approved clear tote bags will be available for purchase at all Syracuse University merchandise locations on the Shaw Quad and inside the Carrier Dome, as well as at the SU Bookstore for $3.
Walk-through metal detectors will be in place at all Carrier Dome entry gates. Fans will be asked to present cell phones, cameras and other large metal objects to the Carrier Dome Event Staff as they approach the front of the line. Fans will not need to remove keys, loose change, wallet, jackets or belts.
"We are committed to providing a secure environment for our fans," said SU Director of Athletics John Wildhack in a press release. "The new Clear Bag Policy will enable us to deliver a better and quicker experience at the gates and also provide a safer environment. We appreciate our fans' cooperation."