BOSTON (CBS) – Friday night will not only be the Patriots first game of the 2013 pre-season at Gillette Stadium, it will also be the first game with the new NFL stadium bag policy in effect.

During the offseason, the NFL Committee on Stadium Security unanimously recommended the implementation of an NFL Stadium Bag Policy that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into all stadiums for NFL games. The new policy was announced by the NFL in June and implemented for the first time at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 4.

Now, all bags entering Gillette must be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and no larger than 12”x 6” x 12”.

The Patriots distributed complimentary bags to each account holder, and clear plastic freezer bags will be distributed to all vehicles that arrive at Gillette for the first couple of games. In the parking lots, there will be eight different locations where fans can purchase NFL compliant clear plastic bags as well.

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Bags that are not in compliance will not be stored and must be returned to the patron’s vehicle. A description of the style and size of the bags that will be allowed is described below:

Bags that are clear (see through) plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.”
One-gallon clear (see through) plastic freezer bag or similar.
Small clutch bags, not to exceed 7” x 4” x 2” (approximately the size of a hand), with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options.

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Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: non see-through purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.
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These new rules only apply for Patriots games, and do not apply for New Engalnd Revolution games, UMass Football games or concerts held at Gillette.

Tune in to Patriots-Buccaneers Friday night on 98.5 The Sports Hub — the flagship station of the New England Patriots. Pregame coverage begins at 5 p.m. and Bob Socci and Scott Zolak have the call at 8 p.m.!

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