MINNEAPOLIS - The new NFL safety guidelines got so-so reviews from fans going to the first preseason Vikings game on Friday night.
"What do I think of them?" KARE 11 asked.
"I think they're ridiculous. If they want to do body searches and search our bags, that's fine. But women need their purses," said Karla Boehm, a Vikings fan from North Dakota.
This season, the NFL implemented new safety guidelines. Now, fans cannot bring in traditional purses or bags. Women can bring in small clutch purses. Everything else has to be placed in a clear plastic bag that is 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches.
"We have a diaper bag. We have a 4-week old baby, and we have six of (the new bags) to take in with all of our necessities we need," said Boehm.
"This is about keeping fans safe. Obviously there is going to be some inconveniences," said Jeff Anderson, Vikings' Director of Corporate Communications.
Anderson tells KARE 11 this is an NFL policy and they want to abide by it.
There were "fan ambassadors" stationed outside the Metrodome and at routes along the rail line, from the Mall of America to as far out as Big Lake, handing out information and Ziploc bags to people.
"We expect some hiccups early on, but then once fans get accustomed to it, we actually think this will expedite entry into the stadium," said Anderson.
There are medical exceptions for people who need to bring in items for their health, which got us wondering about Margo Swedlund's story.
At first, security would not let her bring in a back cushion for her 12-year-old daughter because it was too big. It's the same cushion that got through airport checkpoints.
"My daughter has back problems and has been using this for the last 4 months to sit on. So, now she's going to stand for the game. That's why she disappeared because she's pretty upset now," said Swedlund.
She disappeared with her father consoling her, but eventually this persistent mom convinced security her daughter needed the cushion.
And once KARE 11 mentioned the situation to Anderson, he not only made sure the cushion got in, he gave the family passes to go onto the field before the game.
Since this is a new rule, fans will be able to check their bags and purses at an emergency checkpoint for now.
Still, other fans aren't quite convinced yet this new NFL policy is anything but an inconvenience.
"I think if someone is going to get their stuff in there, they're going to," said Boehm. "(I'm) hoping for a good game tonight, though."
For more information about the police, go to nfl.com/allclear.
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