NSU– Fans attending Northwestern State home football, basketball, baseball and softball games are reminded that NSU Athletics has a new bag check policy that includes restrictions on the types of purses and bags that will be allowed inside the venues.
The Demon football team is home Saturday evening at 6 against Sam Houston State in Turpin Stadium.
No bag larger than 12 inches by 12 inches is permitted. Any purse or bag brought to the venue gates will be searched at gates by trained personnel, said Mike Jacklich, assistant athletics director for ticketing and special events.
The search is aimed at preventing weapons from entering the stadium, along with outside food and beverage, alcohol, drugs, umbrellas, and other items deemed inappropriate by gameday staff or NSU police, said Jacklich. Umbrellas have been banned from NSU home football games for many years.
Fans who don’t bring bags and want to avoid any possible wait time may more quickly enter Turpin Stadium at the southwest gate on the press box side, and at the east gate on the opposite side of the stadium, where the NSU student section is located.
Fans are allowed to bring factory-sealed water bottles up to 20 ounces into the stadium.
For complete information on the policy, visit NSUDemons.com/bagpolicy online.
Patrons are encouraged to arrive early at Turpin Stadium gates. Activity on the field begins with pregame warmup an hour before kickoff, and the Spirit of Northwestern marching band’s pregame show begins at 20 minutes prior to the game.
NSU staff members attended an intense risk-management training session this spring, leading to the decision to institute the new bag policy, Jacklich said.
Fellow Southland Conference members McNeese and Southeastern Louisiana have already moved to clear bag policies for home events, and nearly all of the 13 member institutions have a bag check policy. LSU been doing so for two years at its athletic events. Other venues around the state including the Mercedes Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, along with the Century Link Center in Bossier City, also have clear bag policies and bag checks.
NSU will begin a clear bag requirement in the 2019-20 athletic year, said associate athletics director Dr. Haley Taitano. Clear bags are available for purchase at the nsudemongear.com site, which can also be accessed through the nsudemons.com website by clicking the “shop” button.
For more information on NSU football gameday policies and procedures, visit nsudemons.com/footballgameday online or call 318-357-5251.
Fans are encouraged to download the new Northwestern State Athletics Mobile app to stay up to date on the latest news and alerts from NSU Athletics.