TYLER, TX (KLTV) - As Tyler athletes prepare for the start of the 2018 football season, the Tyler Independent School District is switching up the way fans attend games.
Like other stadiums across the country, the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium is implementing a new clear bag policy.
"We are looking forward to it, having the stadium, the new press box, and all the new amenities for the ticket booth, it's going to be exciting," TISD athletic director Greg Priest said.
A lot of things will be new at Rose Stadium this fall, and with new thing comes new policies. Due to security, fans will need to reconsider what they are carrying into the stadium.
"There's been a couple of occasions that where we would have a specific threat that may come in during the week about a specific event or at a ballgame," TISD Police Chief Danny Brown said.
Last fall, security searched each guest's bag individually. Chief Brown says requiring clear bags at every event will ensure public safety and make it faster to get into the stadium.
"There's going to be an officer standing there, and he's going to be scanning people," Brown said. "If people come in and they don't have the correct bag, we are going to ask them to go on back out."
Rose Stadium will allow clear totes smaller than 12 by 6 by 12 inches. A one gallon resealable plastic freezer bag and a small clutch approximately the size of your hand are also acceptable.
"From NFL to NCAA to a lot of the high schools that are going, and the venues, especially through homeland security those are the policies," Priest said. "So we are just trying to stay consistent of what everyone else is doing."
Many bags allowed last year are now prohibited.
"Backpacks, duffel bags, cinch bags, so diaper bags anything like that," Priest said.
The athletic department and TISD police hope the public will cooperate with the new clear bag policy.
"Obviously people are not going to be excited about it at first, but I think as we start doing it, everybody will get used to it and just provide a safer environment for our fans and students," Priest said.
Clear bags are being sold by the John Tyler and Robert E. Lee High School booster clubs at the home football games.
Starting August 20, the TISD athletic office will have clear bags available for purchase from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.