Clear bags only to be allowed at sporting events

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A description of the acceptable clear bags allowed in SDMC sporting events.

Cameron Madison – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Manatee County Schools have put a restriction on bags allowed in sporting events. These restrictions went into effect Aug. 29. All coaches, administrators, ticket sellers, and deputies will be responsible for enforcing the proper rules. 

Manatee School officials announced that only clear bags will be allowed in games.

“Fans will be permitted one large clear bag, plus a small clutch-type handbag. The large clear bag must be no larger than 12” x 6” x 12” and made of clear material that may be easily searched. A gallon-sized Ziploc bag is a readily available clear bag that meets these requirements. The small clutch-type handbag can be used to carry personal items and will be subject to search by security officials or law enforcement. The clutch must be no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”.  Every spectator, including children, may bring in one clear bag.

These procedures have been created to ensure the safety of our students and spectators. We thank the public for their cooperation and look forward to an exciting school year of high school athletics.”

LRHS athletic director Kent Ringquist said ticket takers will pay normal attention to entering fans, making sure their bags meet the guidelines. This isn’t expected to hinder their ability to perform their normal duty of collecting tickets.

He added that if denied entry to an event due to a bag, the person should be given an opportunity to take their bag back to their car.

The size of the bag is important but takes a back seat to the main premise of it being clear. The bag being clear will be the main point of focus.

Athletic Director Kent Ringquist’s assistant Dawn Haushalter said, “it’s helpful to know what everyone is bringing with them to our campus and making sure no one will be harming others.”

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