Heartland Events Center adopting clear-bag policy


    (MGN)

    As safety policies change across the country, the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island says they're joining in on a clear-bag policy.

    Fonner Park and Heartland Events Center officials said the policy will begin Feb. 18 and will apply to all ticketed events.

    "Safety and security is our highest priority," said Bruce Swihart, CEO at the Heartland Events Center. "This new policy will be a significant addition to the welfare of our patrons."

    Swihart said many stadiums and arenas nationwide have adopted this policy in recent years to enhance safety, saying it reduces faulty bag searches and it expedites fans' access through the gates and into the venues.

    Under the policy, fans will be allowed to bring with them a clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bag that does not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches or a one-gallon plastic bag (such as Ziploc or Hefty bags). The bags may have a logo no larger than 4 inches by 3.4 inches. Bags carrying a properly sized logo of other teams or venues are permitted.

    Bags will be limited to one per person. Small clutches - 4 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches, or approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap - also can be taken into the arena along with clear bags. Exceptions will be made for approved medical bags or equipment, which will be inspected.

    Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, drawstring bags, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags, camera bags, binocular cases, diaper bags and bags larger than the permissible size. Items in such bags - including diapers, wipes and other supplies for babies and small children - should be placed in an approved clear bag.

    Binoculars and cameras without cases are allowed. Officials said blankets over the shoulder will be permitted but subject to a search.

    Guests are encouraged to bring only necessary items into the venues, and all fans and their belongings are subject to inspection at the entrances. In the event a patron arrives with an unapproved bag, the bag will not be allowed in to the facility.

    Approved bags are available for purchase at the Heartland Events Center with their logo for $8 per bag. Bags may be purchased at the door for the first Danger game and at the Box Office or Fonner Park General Offices after that time.

    As always, fans can carry personal items in their pockets or jackets, including keys, makeup, feminine products, combs, phones, wallets and credit cards.

    The policy is available online.

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