COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of South Carolina will now allow people to carry only clear bags into most sporting events. The goal is to make those events safer while speeding up the process of getting spectators in.
USC Assistant Athletics Director Shawn Burke says the school decided to make the change because the Southeastern Conference is proposing it for all SEC schools starting in 2017. “Several schools–South Carolina, Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia–we all decided that it would be in our best interest to go ahead and get it started this year, and we think this will pass next month when the ADs vote, so we’re just kind of getting ahead of the curve,” he says.
The new policy also allows only smaller bags, with a maximum size of 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. Burke says security will still check all bags that come in, but the process should still be faster. “Smaller bags will be coming in and they’ll also be clear, so that in and of itself will just expediate the whole process, and I think make people feel more comfortable knowing that everything’s been inspected closely,” he says.
USC fan Glenda Snelgrove thinks it’s positive change. “I think it’s a safety issue and I can’t say that I blame them, and I’m not surprised. There’s just too many things going on nowadays and they have to make it as safe as possible for everybody going in.”
The change applies to all sports that require tickets, which means football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, and soccer. The first use of the new policy will be a men’s soccer game on August 18.
Clemson encourages fans to use clear bags but does not mandate it.
You can see more details about the new policy here, including what’s allowed and what’s not. (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/scar/genrel/auto_pdf/2016-17/misc_non_event/clear-bag-policy.pdf)