Clear Bag Policy


To enhance public safety and make stadium access more efficient, the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics adopted a Clear Bag Policy. Fans may bring in one (1) clear bag no larger than 12" x 6" x 12" or a 1-gallon plastic storage bag. Fans are limited to one clear bag per person, along with a small clutch bag (no larger than 4.5" x 6.5") for privacy. Please refer to the pictures above for non-approved bags.
The WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics continually reviews safety measures as well as efficiencies in relation to all home events. Adopting a clear bag policy for all ticketed events will enhance security measures and make venue access more expedient and also is consistent with numerous professional league policies.
The majority of Big 12 members have already or will be implementing this policy this season. A clear bag policy has been adopted by numerous colleges, the NFL, and venues that host entertainment and professional sporting events.
The clear bag is easily and quickly searched and greatly reduces faulty bag searches. It also supports the Department of Homeland Security's "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign.
The policy will enable staff to move guests through security checkpoints faster, allowing staff to be more efficient and effective at checking bags that are brought into the venues. We also believe guests will realize an improved sense of safety.
There are a variety options, including a clear 12" x 6" x 12" bag with no commercial identification or an inexpensive gallon-size Ziploc bag. In addition, fans may carry their own small clutches (no larger than 4.5" x 6.5"). For fans who wish to purchase team logo bags, they will be available at all venue merchandise locations as well as online at ShopWVU.com. All 2017 football season ticket holders will receive a free branded bag with their season tickets.
The following retailers have clear bags:
  • The Book Exchange, Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Alumni Hall, Charleston, W.Va.
  • Mountaineer World, Clarksburg, W.Va.
  • Bond's Tailgaters, Vienna, W.Va.
  • Paisley's, Plaids and Polka Dots, Morgantown, W.Va.
The following retailers will have clear bags later this summer:
  • WVU Bookstore, Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Adam's Hallmark Stores
  • Mountaineer Zone
  • Mountaineer Nation
  • Zides
Each ticketed guest can carry one (1) clear bag - either a one-gallon Ziploc-style bag or the 12" x 6" x 12" clear bag - plus a small clutch purse (no larger than 4.5" x 6.5"). The small clutch allows privacy for small personal items and also is easily searched.
Yes, all of these items can be carried into the stadium as long as they are not in a bag or case. For example, while binoculars and cameras are allowed, the binocular case or camera case is prohibited. Guests may carry in their pockets or jacket keys, makeup, feminine products, combs, phone, wallet, credit cards, etc., if they choose not to put them in a clear bag or clutch.
Only approved seat cushions may be carried into the venue. Large traditional seat cushions that have pockets, zippers, compartments or covers are not permitted. Seat cushions and seat backs without pockets, zippers, compartments or covers are permitted. Seat cushions and chair backs must be 16" in width or less.
Guests may bring these items into the athletics venues by tossing them over a shoulder or arm. Items that are folded must be opened and inspected in order to gain entry into the venue.
No. This policy will be in effect beginning in August 2017 at ALL ticketed athletics events at the WVU Coliseum, Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium and Monongalia County Ballpark, regardless of sport.
Guests carrying a prohibited bag will not be permitted inside the venue. Fans with prohibited bags will need to return their bags to their vehicle and transfer their belongings to an approved clear plastic bag before entering the venue.
Guests carrying medically necessary bags or equipment into a venue will be required to have their bag inspected and tagged by security. For questions about medical equipment or other needs please contact the Athletics Operations office at 304-293-3056.
No. Small clutch purses (no larger than 4.5" x 6.5"), with or without a handle or strap, are permitted along with either the 12" by 6" by 12" clear tote bag or one-gallon freezer bag. This should enable guests to carry the same items they have in previous years and expedite entry into the venue.
No. We are limiting only the type of bags carried into the venue, not items that you normally bring to a game. Therefore, you can carry items (keys, makeup, feminine products, comb, phone, wallet, credit cards, etc.) in your pockets or jacket if you choose not to use a clear bag or clutch purse (4.5" x 6.5"). You can carry a blanket over your arms and binoculars and/or camera around your neck or in your hands without the case. Guests 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 venue. Every ticketed guest may carry a permissible bag.
For the safety and security of our fans we are requiring all items, including diapers and other baby supplies, to be carried in an approved clear bag. Each ticketed guest, including children, would be allowed to carry an approved clear bag and a clutch purse into the venue.

Prohibited Items

  • Soft or hard sided coolers, ice chests
  • Glass or metal containers
  • Use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and smokeless cigarettes/tobacco
  • Tripods, monopods, or selfie sticks for cameras/phones
  • Backpacks, diaper bags and other similar bags will not be allowed
  • Bikes, skateboards, scooters, hover boards, long boards
  • Sticks, poles or similar objects that can be used as a weapon
  • Weapons of any kind including those carried with permit
  • Fireworks, drones or laser pointers
  • Signs/flags
  • Umbrellas
  • Artificial noisemakers (Example: air horns, thunderstix, musical instruments, cans filled with contents, whistles, cow bells or any other item used to make artificial noise)

Permitted Items

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bags (no larger than 4.5" x 6.5") with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the venue
  • Medically necessary items after proper inspection at gates
  • Factory sealed, clear plastic beverage bottles
  • Empty non-disposable plastic water bottles
  • Service animals
  • Seat cushions and chair backs must be 16" or less in width (No pockets, zippers, compartments, or covers)