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To help provide a safer environment for our fans, NFL will be implementing a strict bag policy for all 2018 NFL London Games which will be 100% enforced.

All spectators and staff are prohibited from bringing any bag into the stadium unless it adheres to the NFL regulations as outlined below in the Approved Bags, Non-Approved Bags and Prohibited Items sections. Entry of any non-compliant bag will be refused.

All items and bags carried by spectators and staff will be carefully inspected upon entry to the stadium, which may include a personal wanding/pat down.

All gameday merchandise purchases will be supplied in a clear plastic bag in line with this policy and will be admissible.

If for any reason (medical or other) you require a bag that does not adhere to this policy, please contact us prior to gameday at help.wembleystadium.com/support/home for the NFL London Games at Wembley. Please ensure you bring proof of your medical condition.

Thank you for your cooperation and your contribution to providing a safer environment.

Purchase your NFL clear bag online now here. Available for home delivery and click & collect on gameday.

APPROVED BAGS

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12" OR
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bags, 4.5" x 6.5", with or without a handle or strap, can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bag options
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after thorough inspection at a gate designated for this purpose

NON-APPROVED BAGS

PROHIBITED ITEMS

Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to: purses or bags larger than 4.5" x 6.5", coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags/draw string bags that are not clear or exceed 12" x 6" x 12", luggage of any kind, computer bags, binocular cases and camera bags, and large traditional seat cushions that have pockets, zippers, compartments or covers.

NFL reserves the right to refuse entry of certain items into the stadium including - but not limited to - the following:

  • Alcohol (unless purchased at an NFL venue)
  • Animals (except assistive animals)
  • Banners (any object that obstructs the view of others)
  • Beach balls
  • Beverage (unless purchased at an NFL venue)
  • Camcorders, video or audio recorders
  • Containers of any type (aerosol cans, coolers of any size, bottles)
  • Drones
  • Food (unless purchased at an NFL venue)
  • Footballs
  • Fireworks
  • Frisbees
  • Illegal substances
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser lights and pointers
  • Mace / pepper spray
  • Motorized scooters, skates, cycles, skateboards
  • Noisemakers, horns, megaphones
  • Poles, sticks, missile like objects of any kind
  • Selfie sticks
  • Strollers and carts
  • Tripods
  • Umbrellas
  • Firearms, weapons, knives and explosives
  • Whistles

Note: Prohibited items and items determined inappropriate for entry into the stadium will be the responsibility of the ticketholder and cannot be accepted or checked by the NFL and Wembley. We urge spectators to secure these items in vehicles or their hotel rooms. The NFL, Wembley Stadium and the Police will not store prohibited or excluded items for spectators.

Cameras and Binoculars - Small cameras and binoculars will be allowed. No spectator cameras with lenses more than six inches (6") long will be permitted. Again, camcorders will be prohibited. Binocular cases and camera bags are not permitted.

*Items purchased after passing through security on gameday will be allowed into the stadium.

The cooperation, patience and understanding of spectators is greatly appreciated by the National Football League and Wembley Stadium.

BAG STORAGE IN LONDON

Travelling with larger items? Please find below a selection of luggage storage facilities in London. Visit their websites for opening hours, prices and maximum sizes.

Alternatively, if you are staying the night in London, ask your hotel if they are able to store your luggage for you.

BAG POLICY FAQ

Why did the NFL and its clubs adopt this policy?

The league and clubs review their public safety and stadium security policies every year looking for ways to improve them. The Committee on Stadium Security and Fan Conduct leads this review and obtains a wide range of information to assist in doing so. The committee strongly believed that it made sense to adjust the policy to enhance public safety and make stadium access more efficient by limiting the size and style of bags carried into the stadium.

This proactive measure both will enhance safety inside and outside the stadium and speed the security screening process for all NFL fans. The public deserves to be in a safe, secure environment. This is about both safety and improving the overall fan experience.

How does this make it more convenient for fans?

This will enable us to move fans through our security check points much faster. A standard size bag eliminates the need for bag templates to check bag sizes. It will make the stadium's job much easier, allowing staff to be more efficient and effective in checking bags that are brought into the stadium. There will be less time spent standing in lines at the stadium gates and fans will be able to be in their seats well before kickoff. Fans also will enjoy an improved sense of safety. Shorter lines mean fewer hassles.

How many bags can each person bring into the stadium?

One large clear bag - a one-gallon Ziploc style bag or a clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bag that does not exceed 30cm by 15cm by 30cm - plus a small clutch.  All Game day merchandise purchases will be supplied in a clear plastic bag in line with this policy and will be admissible in addition to the above.

What happens if I show up at the gate with a bag that is not permitted?

Fans carrying bags that do not meet the criteria WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ENTRY. If for any reason (medical or other) you require a bag that does not adhere to the NFL bag policy, entry will be permitted subject to contacting us prior to gameday at help.wembleystadium.com/support/home for the NFL London Games at Wembley. Please ensure you bring proof of your medical condition.

If I have certain items or equipment that I need to bring into the stadium for medical reason and they won't fit in the clear bag, what do I do?

An exception will be made for medically necessary items after inspection by security personnel and contacting us prior to gameday at help.wembleystadium.com/support/home for the NFL London Games at Wembley. Please ensure you bring proof of your medical condition.

Can fans carry cameras, smart phones or tablets separately from what they put in a clear bag?

Yes. A phone or camera can be carried into the stadium so long as it is not in its own bag. This is not a restriction on items that fans have been able to bring into the stadium. It is only a restriction on the type of container used to carry items.

Are seat cushions allowed to be carried into the stadium?

No.  Due to the large size of seat cushions and because of the way seat cushions are constructed, they can be used to conceal a potential explosive device.

What about bringing blankets in cold weather?

Fans will be able to bring blankets by tossing them over a shoulder or arm. They can be easily screened carrying a blanket into the stadium.

What happens if I show up at the gate with a bag that is not permitted?

Fans carrying bags that do not meet the criteria WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ENTRY. If for any reason (medical or other) you require a bag that does not adhere to this policy, ENTRY WILL BE PERMITTED, however you will need to provide proof of medical condition and will be subject to a bag search.

If I have certain items or equipment that I need to bring into the stadium for medical or other reasons and they won't fit in the clear bag, what do I do?

An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection by security personnel. Please ensure you bring proof of your medical or other condition.

Are all handbags prohibited?

No. Unlike some event venues, we are not banning all bags. Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, are permitted along with either a clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bag that does not exceed 30cm by 15cm by 30cm or a one-gallon freezer bag. This should enable you to carry the same items you have in previous years and speed entry into the stadium for all fans because it will take less time to screen bags. Shorter lines mean fewer hassles. We encourage fans not to bring any bags, but have created a policy that balances fan needs with improved public safety and convenience.

Do I have to put everything I'm carrying into the permissible bags?

No. We are limiting only the type of bags carried into the stadium, not items that you normally bring to a game. Therefore, you can carry in your pockets or jacket keys, makeup, feminine products, comb, phone, wallet, credit cards, etc.  You can also carry a blanket over your arms, and/or camera around your neck or in your hands without the case. You can use the clear bag and clutch to carry other items. You will continue to have the flexibility to bring a wide variety of approved items into the stadium. Every member of your family may carry in permissible bags.

What about Nappy bags?

Nappies can be carried in a clear bag.

Why haven't more stadiums and arenas adopted this kind of policy?

The NFL is the only professional sports league that has a comprehensive set of best practices for stadium security certified by the Department of Homeland Security as anti-terrorism technologies under the United States Safety Act. As such, other professional sports leagues look to the NFL as the leader in stadium and large venue security. Other stadiums have watched the NFL closely and followed, to the extent possible, security enhancements pioneered by the NFL. We anticipate that many more stadiums and arenas will soon adopt this policy.

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