Clemson beefs up security for football games: Coolers, camera bags no longer allowed in Memorial Stadium

  • Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 11:50 a.m., Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 6:49 p.m.
Clemson is warning fans to expect delays entering Memorial Stadium at the Tigers' season-opening game against Georgia on Aug. 31. (File/Anderson ndependent-Mai)

Memorial Stadium has put heightened security measures in place for the 2013 football season.

Fans will no longer be able to bring in coolers, camera bags, briefcases, luggage or computer bags for Clemson games. Since 9/11, Clemson University police have prohibited backpacks, tote bags, brown paper bags and other large carrying bags.

Still permitted (but subject to search) are purses, diaper bags, medically necessary items, binocular cases and seat cushions.

Large chair-backs also are not allowed, and fans will be asked to return them to their homes or vehicles. Umbrellas and strollers may be checked at the gates and returned after the game.

In May, the NFL Committee on Stadium Security banned all bags — including purses — larger than 12” by 6” by 12.” “Clutch bags” are still permitted into NFL stadiums.

Clemson recommends fans attempt to arrive at the stadium at least one hour before kickoff in case of long security lines. The season-opening game — No. 5 Georgia at No. 8 Clemson on Aug. 31 with an 8 p.m. kickoff — expects to provide especially long delays entering Death Valley.

Three other safety and security notes: fans may leave and be readmitted at designated gates, but will be subject to the same security measures as pregame upon return. Only cars with IPTAY placards are allowed on roads close to Memorial Stadium on gameday, and Clemson asks that all adults have photo identification at all times while children are monitored by an adult at all times.

The full release from Clemson University media relations:

Comments { } is pleased to offer readers the enhanced ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. does not edit user submitted statements and we cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website. Read our full Terms and Conditions.