One of my favorite things about blogging is sharing genuine solutions to common problems. For instance, gameday bags… Ladies, let’s kiss the 1-gallon freezer bag good bye! Stylish clear bags for football games DO exist. In fact, some are so polished you’ll want to use them all the time. But I know you have questions – What exactly does stadium-approved mean? What are my options for sizes? And what essentials should I be bringing along?
Before we dive into the answers and my favorite clear bags for football games, I want to explain why I have a bit of expertise in this area. I have spent a lot of time in Big Ten football stadiums. First as a cheerleader (during undergrad at the University of Wisconsin) and more recently as one of the assistant coaches of the Purdue University cheer team. Those experiences gave me a pretty good handle on stadium security. This post covers everything you need to know!
Clear stadium-approved bags are now an essential for most women. NFL games, concerts, college football, even some high school sporting events require them. Additionally, Big Ten universities that previously prohibited bags are loosening restrictions to pave the way for clear bags. For example, Penn State and Michigan State University (where my hubby completed his Ph.D.) reversed their anti-bag policies for the 2022 season. Sure, you could stuff your keys, camera, wallet, and feminine products in your pocket… But a stylish stadium-approved bag definitely makes life much more convenient!
When you begin shopping for a clear bag, you’ll quickly notice many styles marked as “stadium-approved.” These are generally safe bets for most stadium situations. However, policies vary stadium to stadium. Be sure to read up on the particular venue that is handling your event.
Typically, a stadium-approved bag means a bag that is clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and does not exceed one foot in width or length. Additionally, clear bags for football games must not have any décor (think buckles, hardware, or other embellishments) covering the contents of the bag. You can read the National Football League’s policy here. Many companies have responded to this new need, including Hammitt (which makes the bags I carry). We’ll dive deeper into your options below.
Addie Bag | Hammitt (c/0)
Again it varies by venue (you can review Purdue’s rules below), but there are some common themes. Keep in mind most stadiums have exceptions for ticketholders with medically necessary items and/or diaper bags (with a child present). You will likely have to go to a specific gate for entrance in those scenarios. For Boilermakers, you can carry the following:
Now that we’ve covered the vital info, it’s time for the fun stuff! There are some incredible clear bag options out there. There are choices to suit every fan and in varying price points. Your first step is to think about how you will actually use your stadium-approved bag.
You want to invest in a durable, stylish bag that will hold up season after season. While you can find a lot of cheap options on Amazon, the plastic rarely holds up. Therefore, for a serious fan, I recommend Hammitt. Its bags are beautiful, but more importantly, they are rugged.
Hammitt uses TPU, a cross between plastic and rubber. It’s exceedingly durable, odor-free, fingerprint-resistant, and way more flexible than PVC. Moreover, Hammitt offers a lifetime guarantee. Should your bag need anything at all, Hammitt’s team will come to the rescue. There’s a reason Hammitt calls its bags “the ultimate gift for college students, football fans, sorority sisters, and beyond!” I should also mention the leather… This probably sounds a little strange, but you may just catch yourself running your fingers over the straps. They’re that heavenly!
I use two of Hammitt’s styles, the Hunter Medium Backpack and the Addie Medium. Both are ideal for moms who need to carve out as much space as possible for those extra items you inevitably need with small children. For those who can get by with a sleeker silhouette the Tony Small is aesthetically divine (and so popular it’s currently sold out in tan). They do restock, so if you love it – keep checking back.
Now you might be thinking my stadium says no backpacks… how is the Hunter stadium-approved? Due to its size (and the fact it meets all other specifications), most security crews will treat the Hunter as a tote bag and give the green light. However, if you have concerns about your particular stadium, be sure to reach out to the venue. They are always happy to answer questions, particularly if you pose them well in advance of your event.
You can opt for something that is stylish, but perhaps slighty less durable. I’ve rounded up a list of my favorite clear stadium bags for football. Many of these are available on Amazon and via Prime. Click on any image below to shop the style.
Hunter Backpack (c/o Hammitt)
While I used to be able to bring everything under the sun in my cheerleading duffle bag, as a fan, I need to be more strategic. Your gameday goal should be minimalism (a victory is nice too). Stadium-approved clear bags for football are not particularly large. Only bring you essentials. For me, that looks like this…
It’s always a good idea to conceal your personal information and aim for privacy, despite the clear bag. You can do this by tucking you photo ID and credit cards into a tiny card-holding wallet – and for makeup/feminine products, using a privacy pouch like this one. Finally, let’s cover what you can’t bring. The list is surprisingly long – so be mindful of this. For Purdue, it’s as follows:
Now, let’s turn things over to Beth Fergusson of sasforshort.com. She is an Auburn fan and styling the supremely popular Tony Bag from Hammitt with a touch of Southern Flair. Beth is a lifestyle blogger who covers fashion, fitness and wellness, while helping midlife women live their best lives. You can find her on Instagram here and her blog here.