ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) – It may not be a match for a top line designer purse, but a twelve inch square see through plastic tote is now a required accessory for anyone carrying a purse to a St. Louis Rams game.
Saturday night was the first game in the Edward Jones Dome where the new NFL rule banning opaque bags and cases was enforced. It is designed to improve security and to speed up the arrival lines.
Not all fans had heard about the restrictions against purses, backpacks, seat cushions and tote bags. Team staff members were on hand to pass out clear plastic bags and to tell patrons they had to take their cases and purses back to their cars. A supply of small lockers was also available across Broadway in Baer Plaza.
A one gallon food zip bag is an alternative to the five dollar Rams tote that is now available for sale. Fans are also allowed to bring in a hand sized small, thin clutch and to place items in pockets. Cameras and binoculars may be carried in by hand minus their cases.
The new rule caught some out of town visitors by surprise. One lady who drove two hours from Effingham, IL to the game said she had put extra items in her purse for the trip.
Signs had been posted at the exits of some nearby parking garages alerting football ticketholders about the new rule.
One lady approved of the security measure. She had a Rams clear plastic tote with her Saturday. "It holds a lot so I'm not really concerned about it."