CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston Southern University Athletic Department is implementing a Clear Bag Policy for all athletic events inside the Buccaneer Field House for the entirety of the CSU men's and women's basketball seasons.
Along with numerous NCAA Division I institutions across the country, as well as the policy implemented at Buccaneer Field over the last two seasons, this policy limits the size and style of bags carried into the venue.
This clear bag policy goes into effect for the Tuesday, November 6 doubleheader for women's basketball against Converse and men's basketball against Columbia International, and will carry throughout the entire regular season and postseason events.
Why is CSU adopting this policy for BUCCANEER FIELD HOUSE?
Our guests are our most prized partners, and ensuring their safety is a top priority. World events continue to impact our security, and we cannot ignore them in the annual analysis of our public safety and stadium security policies at all of our venues.
How does this policy improve public safety?
Clear bags provide layers of security with less inconvenience to our guests. As guests walk toward our events, law enforcement can easily spot prohibited items and have the ability to resolve issues before they even get into line. The clear bags are easier and faster to search, greatly reducing faulty bag searches. The policy supports the Department of Homeland Security's "See Something, Say Something" campaign. Additionally, inside the venue, staff members know that a clear bag has already been searched and that any non-clear bag without a security tag requires their attention.
How does this expedite my entry into the venue?
This policy enables us to move guests through our security checkpoints faster, allowing staff to be more efficient and effective in checking bags that are brought into the venue. A standard size bag eliminates the need for bag templates to check sizes. Overall, shorter lines mean fewer hassles and an improved sense of safety for all guests.
How many bags can each person bring into the venue?
Each ticketed guest can carry one large clear bag – either a one-gallon Ziploc-style bag or the 12" x 6" x 12" clear bag – plus a small clutch purse (4.5" x 6.5"). The small clutch must be carried into the venue outside the clear bag and is subject to search.
Are team-branded bags available?
Guests who desire to carry Charleston Southern branded bags may purchase them at the CSU Bookstore. However, any clear 12" x 6" x 12" clear bag with no commercial identification or an inexpensive one-gallon Ziploc-style bag may be used. Clear bags may have only one logo no larger than 4.5" x 3.4" displayed on one side.
Can I bring my purse?
Yes, as long as it meets the size requirements. A small clutch purse (4.5" x 6.5"), with or without a handle or strap, is permitted along with either the 12" x 6" x 12" clear tote bag or one-gallon freezer bag.
What about diaper bags?
Diapers and other baby supplies can be carried in a clear bag. Each member of a family, including children, is allowed to carry one approved clear bag and a clutch purse into the stadium.
Can I carry cameras, binoculars, smart phones or tablets separately from the clear bag?
Binoculars or a phone or camera can be carried into the venue so long as it is not in its own bag.
Are seat cushion/backs allowed to be carried into the venue?
Approved seat cushions & seat backs may be carried into the stadium provided they are no wider than 16" and have no arms or pockets.
If I have certain items that I need to bring into the venue for medical reasons and they won't fit in the clear bag, what do I do?
Guests carrying medically necessary bags or equipment into the venue will be required to have their bag/equipment inspected and tagged by security at specified locations within each venue. Those locations will be announced soon.
Do I have to put everything I'm carrying into a permissible clear bag?
No. This policy is designed to limit only the type of bags carried into the venue, not the permissible items that are brought to a game. In their pockets or jacket, guests can carry keys, makeup, feminine products, comb, phone, wallet, credit cards, etc., if they choose not to put them in a clear bag or clutch purse (4.5" x 6.5"). And, they can carry a blanket over their shoulders, binoculars and/or camera without the case around their necks or in their hands. A complete list of prohibited items is available at http://www.csusports.com/clear-bag-policy
Does this policy apply to me if I'm working at the game, not attending as a fan?
Credentialed individuals will continue to enter the Field House through the front doors of the facility. These individuals and any items that they bring into the stadium will continue to be screened based on procedures that are already in place.