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NFL bans purses, coolers & more for added security

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Forget about bringing your big purse or backpack -- or even a cooler -- to NFL games this season. They'll all be banned, along with seat cushions and camera bags, at all NFL stadiums beginning with preseason games.

In a press release Thursday, the NFL Committee on Stadium Security said to a provide a "safer environment" and to "expedite fan entry," NFL teams will implement a policy that will limit the size and types of bags that can be brought into stadiums.  

Prohibited items include purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, seat cushions, cinch bags or camera bags.

Game-goers are allowed to bring in bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12'' x 6'' x 12''.  One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags are also allowed.  NFLShop.com and club merchandise outlets will be selling official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags.

"Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment," NFL vice president and chief security officer Jeffrey Miller said in a statement. "Public safety is our top priority. This will make the job of checking items much more efficient and effective. We will be able to deliver a better and quicker experience at the gates and also provide a safer environment. We appreciate our fans' cooperation."

Click here to read the full report at FOXNews.com.

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