Clear bags now rule at Memorial Stadium, State Farm Center

Clear bags now rule at Memorial Stadium, State Farm Center

CHAMPAIGN — Clear bag or no bag at all.

That's the rule for both Illini football games and events at State Farm Center.

But at least if you're a season ticket holder, you're getting a voucher for a free bag.

The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics recently adopted the policy for entrance into Memorial Stadium for the 2018 football season. In adopting the bag rule, Illinois is following in the footsteps of the 13 other Big Ten schools.

This will be a big change for Barbara Ford of Urbana, a fan since the '70s, but she said she's philosophical about it.

"I dress up all the time," the Clark-Lindsey Village resident said. "Always orange and blue. And of course my bag is orange and blue."

Her colors don't run. But they will take a vacation.

"It's more important to be safe than it is to be fashionable," she said Thursday.

Here's what Ford and other fans have to remember:

— Each guest can carry one large clear bag. That can be anything from a one-gallon Ziploc-style bag to a clear drawstring bag not to exceed 12 inches by 12 inches to a clear tote bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. A small clutch 4 inches by 7 inches allows privacy for small personal items and also is easily searched, according to the university.

— All bags are subject to search and inspection.

— Items not permitted inside Memorial Stadium include flags and banners, noisemakers, weapons, non-clear bags, coolers or containers, laptops, video recorders, selfie sticks, umbrellas and strollers.