The National Football League has introduced new rules regarding what you can carry into a football stadium.  They went into effect with the first pre-season games in response to the Boston Marathon bombing.

Items must be carried in a 12”x12” plastic, vinyl, or PVC tote bag, which are now being sold for $10 dollars with the Texan’s logo at the Texans shop, club merchandise outlets, or online at

Another option is to put your articles in a one-gallon zip-lock freezer bag, or smaller size bag.

Fans can carry a clutch purse but it can be no larger than 4 ½ inches by 6 ½ inches.

All other bags will be confiscated.   An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection. 

The Texans sent NFL-approved plastic tote bags to season ticket holders, and the first 50,000 fans to attend the first pre-season game will get free one-gallon plastic tote bags.

According to the NFL:  “Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size”.