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Penn State bans bags, backpacks at fall sporting events

Penn State fans coming to football game or wrestling match this fall should leave their purses, camera bags, backpacks or diaper bags at home.

Penn State’s athletics office announced Friday that the no-bags policy put in place for the Blue-White football game in April has been extended into the fall for football and all athletic events, such as basketball games in the Bryce Jordan Center and wrestling in Rec Hall. The policy also includes strollers.

The crackdown for the Blue-White game came after the Boston Marathon bombing.

There will be one exception: The university will allow attendees to bring in a clear one-gallon plastic bag for medical items or child care items.

“Not permitting any bags into Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center, Rec Hall and all our athletic facilities is an important additional layer of security for all the spectators and participants,” said Steve Shelow, the assistant vice president for police and public safety at Penn State, in a news release.

Schelow said the same policy is in effect at other schools in The Big Ten, such as Michigan and Michigan State.

Penn State Police Chief Tyrone Parham said the policy change did not cause any trouble during the spring game. Rather, there was “confusion” because fans did not know about the change, he said.

The NFL is drawing up a similar policy that went out to season-ticket holders on Thursday, according to news reports. The only bags permitted are small purses called clutch bags.