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UPDATED: Virginia announces new security policies for football games at Scott Stadium

Enhanced security measures at Concert for Charlottesville will continue through football season

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The University has come out with the official policy for football and basketball games.

Per the statement:

“The new policy limits the size and type of bags that can be brought into Scott Stadium and John Paul Jones Arena. The policy does not change the items fans may bring into the stadium and arena, but restricts the type of bag used to carry items.

  • Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and cannot exceed 12” x 6” x 12” or clear one-gallon plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar) are also permitted.
  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand and no larger than 4.5” x 6.5” (with or without a handle or strap) can be taken into the stadium or arena and will be subject to search.
  • An exception will be made for items necessary for medical reasons after proper inspections at a gate designated for this purpose.

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

Seat cushions and seat backs are permitted as long as they do not have pockets or are not in a carrying bag.

Items needed for small children must be in a clear bag that meet the stated dimensions.”

The September 24th Concert for Charlottesville at Scott Stadium—hosted by the Dave Matthews Band, and featuring Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, the Roots, and Ariana Grande, among others—will debut new security policies that will also affect football games.

The University added that the clear-bag policy will be in force at football games as well, starting with the Hoos’ ACC opener against Duke on October 7th. No word yet on whether basketball games at John Paul Jones Arena will also be subject to the policy.

A live stream of the Concert for Charlottesville will be available on multiple platforms and social media. You can support the community response to August’s acts of terror with donations to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.