Larger bags allowed into THE PLAYERS

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- THE PLAYERS Championship is taking a page from the National Football League this year.

In 2013, it was announced that the NFL was enacting a new bag policy for spectators in hopes of enhancing public safety and cutting down on crowd congestion at stadium entrances.

The new rules stated that bags would only be allowed inside games if they were clear, plastic and no larger than 12" x 6" x 12". Now, a premiere sporting event on the First Coast is following suit.

"We've never had any real issues at THE PLAYERS and we do not anticipate any this year, but we always have to plan ahead," said executive director Matt Rapp.

Rapp said a security review of the tournament has been completed to mirror what the NFL is doing, including for Jacksonville Jaguars games at EverBank Field.

"We've really copied that (policy) in every regard," he said.

Fans attending THE PLAYERS this year will only be allowed to bring in a clear plastic bags that are 12" x 6" x 12" or smaller. For $5 at Daily's, you can buy specialty bags with the tournament logo on them.

For the past several years, the largest size bag you could get into TPC Sawgrass was 6" x 6" x 6", but Rapp said those have proved to be too small.

"It doesn't carry much and most purses do not comply," he said.

The new rules allow fans to have more space for their personal items, but Rapp said everything will be subject to a security search at the main entrance.

His advice is to avoid bringing anything to THE PLAYERS that would get them into trouble at an airport.

"The key is being able to see everything in there. The other key is planning ahead. Make sure you have a compliant bag," he said.

For those who do not have a compliant bag, Rapp said they will be asked to return it to their car immediately.

He said the 6" x 6" x 6" plastic bags from previous years are still acceptable.


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