Patriots implementing new bag policy

For those attending the Patriots preseason home opener tonight, it's important to be mindful of the NFL's new bag policy that was implemented this offseason and will be in effect this evening and for all games at Gillette Stadium.

The policy states that all bags must be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and cannot exceed 12" x 6" x 6" in size. Season ticket holders received a complimentary bag from the team this offseason, while clear plastic freezer bags will be distributed to cars that arrive to Gillette Stadium for the first couple of games.

Below is more information from the press release sent out by the team:

Fans arriving for Patriots games at Gillette Stadium gates, plaza areas, or other areas where fans queue for entry into the stadium must have bags that are in compliance with the new policy. Bags that are not in compliance will not be stored and must be returned to the patron’s vehicle. A description of the style and size of the bags that will be allowed is described below:

* Bags that are clear (see through) plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.”

* One-gallon clear (see through) plastic freezer bag or similar.

* Small clutch bags, not to exceed 7” x 4” x 2” (approximately the size of a hand), with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: non see-through purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size. For additional information, go to NFL.com/allclear.

To see the release in its entirety, click HERE.