To provide a safer and more secure environment and to speed up the entry into the stadium for our fans at NightBEAT, we will be using a new "Clear Bag" policy, similar to the ones adopted by the NFL and NCAA. NightBEAT fans are encouraged to NOT bring any types of bags to the event, when possible. But the below policy outlines what is permissible.
Beginning in 2017, NightBEAT fans will be able to bring into the stadium the following types of items.
- Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 12" x 6".
- One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
- Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bags.
- Individual size seat cushion without chair back, arms or pockets.
- Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at the entry gate.
Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, non-approved seat cushions*, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size or not made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC.
In accordance with Wake Forest University policies, the following are not permitted to be brought into the stadium under any circumstances: Alcoholic beverages, artificial noise makers, bags larger than 1' by 1' by 1', balls or Frisbees, cameras with a lens greater than 6", car seats, containers, drones, ice chests/coolers, laptop computers, laser pointers, outside food or drinks, signs on poles, shoes with wheels (wheelies), stadium chairs with metal or hard plastic frames, strollers (umbrella strollers are permitted), tripods, umbrellas, video cameras, weapons or any deemed hazardous or unsafe by WFUPD, WSPD or the Event Staff. Please visit wakeforestsports.com for more details.
Bag Policy FAQs
Why did NightBEAT adopt this policy?
NightBEAT and Carolina Crown strongly believed that it made sense to adjust our 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. The public deserves to be in a safe, secure environment. This is about both safety and improving the overall fan experience.
Are other events limiting bags?
Yes. In fact, some NCAA facilities, like the University of Michigan, Penn State, and Michigan State University do not permit any bags. The limitations on bag size and style is a further enhancement for convenience and safety.
How does the new policy improve public safety?
Volunteers will be stationed around the stadium and in the parking areas to inform fans of the policy and encourage fans to leave prohibited bags in their vehicles before proceeding to the stadium for entry. This establishes a protected buffer area for fans at the lines for stadium entry. Prohibited bags will be turned away. Any prohibited bag will be highly visible and more quickly resolved. 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.
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 show time. 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 – either a one-gallon Ziploc style bag or the 12" by 6" by 12" clear bag – plus a small clutch. The larger clear bag must be a standard 12" by 6" by 12" made of clear PVC vinyl and is easily searched. The one-gallon Ziploc bag is readily available, inexpensive and easily searched. The small clutch allows privacy for small personal items and also is easily searched.
Can fans carry cameras, binoculars, smart phones or tablets separately from what they put in a clear bag?
Yes. Binoculars or 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. Also remember, groups performing at NightBEAT are performing copyrighted material. No audio or video recordings of any kind are allowed.
Are seat cushions allowed to be carried into the stadium?
Only approved seat cushions may be carried into the stadium. Large traditional seat cushions that have pockets, zippers, compartments, or covers are not permitted. Clear seat cushions and seat pads without pockets, zippers, compartments, or covers are permitted.
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 be asked to return prohibited items to their vehicles before they reach the gates. Volunteers will have a limited supply of 1 gallon clear freezer or Ziploc type bags for fans to transfer their belongings into an approved bag for entry into the stadium.
If I have certain items that I need to bring into the stadium for medical reasons and they won't fit in the clear bag, what do I do?
Fans are requested to present these items at the gate to allow the security staff the opportunity of screening of these bags and medically necessary items.
Are all purses prohibited?
No. Unlike some event venues, we are not banning all bags. Small clutch purses, with or without a handle or strap, are permitted along with either the 12" by 6" by 12" clear tote bag or the 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 means 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 the event. Therefore, you can carry in your pockets or jacket keys, makeup, feminine products, comb, phone, wallet, credit cards, etc., if you choose not to put them in a clear bag or clutch. And you can carry binoculars 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 a permissible bag.
What about diaper bags?
Diapers can be carried in a clear bag. Each member of a family, including children, would be allowed to carry an approved clear bag and a clutch purse into the stadium. That is a quite a bit of storage capacity.
If I have special medical equipment I need to have with me at all times, where do I put that?
An exception will be made for medical necessary items after proper inspection at the main stadium gate.