New bag policy for Nationwide Arena

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Just in time for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena have announced a new bag policy for visitors attending hockey games and other special events at the arena.

Beginning on Sunday, April 2nd, permitted bags must measure smaller than 5"x8"x1", or a small clutch purse, with exceptions for larger bags required for childcare and medical needs.

“The move to small-bag or no-bag policies at sports venues is increasingly common and we feel that our guests will recognize the benefits of improved security screening and expedited entry,” said Blue Jackets Vice President of Communications & Team Services Todd Sharrock. “We’re introducing the new standards during our last couple regular-season games to allow fans to get used to the policy and prepare for the Stanley Cup playoff games ahead.”

The Blue Jackets have clinched a playoff spot for just the 3rd time in franchise history. The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin in April, with Columbus set to host at least two games.

Nationwide Arena is also set to host a concert on May 16th.

Nationwide Arena also utilizes metal detectors and security officers with wands at the entrance gates. 

A similar policy was recently put in place for Ohio Stadium, for Ohio State fans attending football games at "The 'Shoe."

(photo via Getty Images)

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