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Badger Bits: Wisconsin introduces clear carry-in bag policy for Camp Randall Stadium

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We are just seven days away from Big Ten media days and under two weeks away from Badger Family Fun Day a couple of Fridays from now.

College football season is soooooo close, everyone.

With that come the annual updates for acceptable items allowed into Camp Randall Stadium.

On Monday morning, the Wisconsin athletic department issued a release noting a change in policy regarding carry-in bags “in the interest of enhancing existing security measures at football games at Camp Randall Stadium.”

Essentially known as a “clear bag” policy, Wisconsin is the ninth Big Ten school to implement these procedures, according to UW. The policy is also consistent among SEC and NFL organizations.

Fans are encouraged not to bring any types of bags inside Camp Randall Stadium; however, each ticket holder is allowed one small clutch purse (6.5" x 4.5") and one large clear bag, either a one-gallon clear Ziploc®-style storage bag or a 12" X 6" X 12" clear tote bag.

Diaper bags (with child) are permitted and subject to a thorough security inspection. When possible, UW strongly recommends carrying diapers and non-medically necessary items for babies and young children in a clear bag.

An exception will be made to allow medical items that can't be transported in a clear bag into the venue. Guests carrying medically necessary items or equipment will be required to have their bags or equipment inspected and tagged by security supervisors located at the gates.

Guests will not be allowed in the stadium with a non-approved bag. Fans will be asked to return the item to their vehicle. There is no check-in location for prohibited bags at Camp Randall Stadium.

Wisconsin Athletics will provide all football season ticket holders with one complimentary clear tote bag per household which will be included in each season ticket holder envelope mailed in mid-August.

Fans interested in purchasing an approved clear tote bag may visit Bucky's Locker Room store location at Camp Randall Stadium. For additional inquiries on purchasing bags from Bucky's Locker Room call 608-256-9499. Fans are reminded that a standard, one-gallon clear Ziploc®-style storage bag will suffice. Fans may also bring approved clear tote bags they have previously obtained at other venues.

A complete list of permissible carry-in items for Wisconsin football games at Camp Randall Stadium can be found at UWBadgers.com/FanPolicies.

"The University of Wisconsin wants to help ensure a safe and secure environment for fans," said UW Senior Associate Athletic Director for Capital Projects and Operations Jason King. "We believe that the clear bag policy is an important step towards enhancing public safety while also improving efficiency at our stadium entrances. We frequently review our policies against industry standards for stadium safety. Clear bags are among best practices endorsed by security experts including the Department of Homeland Security. This measure will also expedite the security screening process for all fans."

Links:

  • In a story headlined, “Four schools stand out for four-star forward Joey Hauser,” Rivals.com has the latest on a top target for Greg Gard’s staff. Here’s what Hauser said about the Badgers:

“I like them a lot. I know a lot of the freshmen, two or three of them that just came in, and I have a great relationship with coach (Greg) Gard. It is the home state school. I really like them, so it makes things tough.”

  • Not-so-good news for Nebraska fans: Huskers cornerback Chris Jones suffered a torn left meniscus and will be out four to six months. That’s a substantial injury considering Wisconsin plays Nebraska early this season.

Also, more bad news for Mike Riley and his program:

Check out CornNation’s perspective here.