Lines to get into an NFL game attended by thousands can probably never be classified as speedy, but after tightening security, the queues at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday weren’t any slower than last year, the team and fans reported.
Sunday’s Panthers home game was the biggest test so far for screeners, following the NFL’s recently revamped security rules. Charlie Dayton, a spokesman for the team, said the wait was typically five minutes or less.
Several fans said they didn’t notice a difference from last year.
“It was the same as last year – so it still took forever,” said Kajon Williams, who was waiting for a ride at Tryon and Stonewall Streets. “The line for bags seemed to be moving a little faster.”
The new rules are intended to protect fans and speed up security lines. Sporting events across the world have tweaked security measures since two suspects carried homemade bombs to the finish line of the Boston Marathon in backpacks.
Now at Bank of America Stadium, most bags are banned. Still permissible are small purses and small clear bags. Covered seat cushions with compartments or zippers are also prohibited.
Under the new rules, clear plastic or clear vinyl bags are allowed only if they are no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. Sealable plastic bags are OK, as are foam seat pads without zippers, clasps or compartments.
The only other bag Panthers security will allow is a small purse no larger than a fan’s hand, 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Exceptions will be made for medical reasons.
Anticipating delays, the Panthers doubled the number of screening points and moved them closer to the street.
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