Reminder: Tighter security at Metrodome tonight

Author:
Updated:
Original:

A reminder: Forget about bringing backpacks, fanny packs, diaper bags and even regular-sized purses to the Metrodome tonight.

It's Game 1 of the pre-season, with the Vikings hosting Houston at Mall of America Field.

Vikings officials are still trying to get out the word on what will and won't be allowed through Metrodome gates when a new NFL security policy goes into effect for the 2013 season:

Bottom line: It puts major restrictions on bags, MPR reports. However, clutches (handheld bags) would be allowed if they're no larger than your hand. Here's a full rundown of what's in and what's out, via Vikings.com.

A security official demonstrated what would be acceptable by holding up a clear, vinyl square-foot bag with a Vikings logo on it.

The NFL says bags must be clear, and no larger that 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. One-gallon plastic freezer bags are also safe.

Other prohibited items include: briefcases, seat cushions, laptop bags and camera bags. There will be exceptions made for medical devices and breast pumps.

The Vikings will have a free bag check outside the stadium for the first four or five games while fans get used to the new policy.

Vikings spokesperson Jeff Anderson told MPR that the Boston Marathon bombing in April was taken into consideration when the league security committee voted to beef up restrictions.

Fox 9 has some visual aids and the NFL provided a handy dandy instructional video.

Next Up

Flickr - Grand Canyon National Park - bison close-up

Dakota County to reintroduce bison to the area next year

The bison will be introduced to Spring Lake Park Reserve near Hastings and Rosemont.

Smoke and haze Minneapolis

Where to expect wildfire smoke in Minnesota on Monday, Tuesday

After a brief weekend break, the poor air quality will be back to start the week.

John Cena

John Cena surprises fans at Twin Cities screening of 'The Suicide Squad'

The entertainment superstar was in the Twin Cities for two purposes Friday night.

Alexis Saborit

Autopsy: Decapitation was cause of Shakopee woman’s death

The victim's alleged killer has been charged and is jailed.

GFGLogo

Golf spots still available for the Rod Simons Memorial Golf for the Gift of Adoption

The annual golf tournament is THIS TUESDAY at Troy Burne in Hudson, Wisconsin.

police tape, crime scene

Police investigating Saturday homicide in Austin

Officers responded to a report of a woman shot in a house in Austin just before 2 a.m. Saturday.

fire, firefighter

2 dead in Wadena County house fire, boy survives

The fire was reported around 3:50 a.m. Sunday.

Jose Berrios

Berríos dominates in first start with Blue Jays

The former Twin made a great first impression with his new team.

Lauri Markkanen

Report: Timberwolves interested in sign-and-trade for Lauri Markkanen

The Wolves will look to upgrade at power forward in free agency.

Related