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Policy Overview

The stadium & NFL Clear Bag policy strictly limits the size and types of bags that are permitted. Backpacks, purses (other than small clutches), and diaper bags are not permitted. University of Phoenix Stadium strongly encourages fans to not bring any bags, however the following will be permitted:
  • Each fan may carry one bag that is clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC no larger than 12” by x 6” x 12” or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
  • In addition to one of the clear bags noted above, fans may also carry in a small clutch purse/bag no larger than 4.5" x 6.5", with or without a handle or strap, subject to search.
  • Each ticket holder, including children, will be able to carry an approved clear bag and a clutch purse.
  • Diapers and wipes can be carried in approved clear bags (diaper bags are not permitted)
Metal detector screening and a search of all items being carried in will take place at stadium gates. There are no provisions available at the stadium to store or safeguard any prohibited bags. Guests will be asked to return prohibited items to their cars.

Additional Information
  • Diapers and wipes may be carried in a clear bag, however diaper bags are not permitted.
  • Additional clothing, blankets, etc. are permitted if carried loosely or in an approved clear bag.
  • Blankets should be carried over the shoulder to be screened more quickly.
  • Small cameras, binoculars and cell phones may be carried in loosely or in an approved clear bag.
  • Seat cushions must not exceed 18 inches wide and contain no pockets, zippers or concealable areas.
There are no provisions to check items at the gates. Fans will be asked to either take prohibited items back to their car, if they have not entered the stadium, or dispose of prohibited items at the gate. University of Phoenix Stadium and the Arizona Cardinals are not responsible for items left behind, lost, stolen, or damaged.

A printable summary of stadium bag policy & game day security information can be downloaded here.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Question: 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 4.5"x 6.5". 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.

Question: Am I able to bring in food and beverage?
No, outside food & beverage is allowed inside the stadium. However, the following items will be admitted:
  • One (1) factory-sealed, non-frozen 500mL (16.9 fl. Oz.) plain bottle of water (sports drinks and flavored water not permitted.)
  • Food and beverage items for infants two years of age or younger.
Question: Can fans carry cameras, binoculars, smart phones or other approved items 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 can bring into the stadium. It is only a restriction on the type of container used to carry items.

Question: Are diaper bags permitted?
Diapers and wipes can be carried in approved clear bags, however diaper bags are not permitted.

Question: Are seat cushions allowed to be carried into the stadium?
Yes, only one piece foam seat cushions with no covers are permitted as long as they do not exceed 18 inches wide.

Question: Can blankets be carried into the stadium?
Yes, blankets are permitted. Fans should hang blankets over their shoulder or arm so that they can be easily screened.

Question: 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 turned away from the stadium before arriving at screening points. Complimentary, disposable clear plastic freezer bags will be available at the stadium to afford guests the opportunity to transfer their belongings to an approved bag before they approach the stadium.

Question: 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?
There will be a separate entrance to allow screening of these bags and medically necessary items.
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Tips & Recommendations

To speed the security screening process, the following suggestions are offered:

When arriving at the stadium gates, fans will pass through two security checks. At the first, which is a short distance from the gates, staff will visually check the size and type of all bags being carried in to ensure they meet NFL requirements.

At the second security check the contents of all bags will be searched and all fans will be required to walk through a metal detector or be screened with a hand-held device.

Prior to arriving at the first security check, guests should do the following:
  • Make sure that any bags being carried in meet NFL guidelines.
  • Remove any jackets or other large, bulky items from your bag and carry these in hand. When the contents of your bag are clearly visible staff can screen bags without requiring any contents to be removed. If blankets or other items conceal the contents of a bag, staff must request that they be removed in order for screening to take place, delaying the process.
  • At the metal detector screening, please remove any keys, phones, and other metal objects from your pockets and place them in the provided bins.
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Additional Bag Policy Information

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