Clear Bag Athletic Event Procedure
Beginning September 23, 2022, fans will only be allowed to bring clear bags to Guilford County Schools (GCS) athletic events. Please review our Frequently Asked Questions to help plan your visit to GCS athletic events.
Why did GCS implement this procedure?
The safety of our students, staff, and fans is a top priority. Guilford County Schools is constantly enhancing emergency and safety protocols through ongoing collaboration and partnership with law enforcement agencies, community partners and other urban school districts.
What types of bags are allowed?
You are permitted to bring:
- Clear plastic or vinyl bags that are no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”
- One gallon-sized clear plastic storage bag
- Small, clutch bags that are no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”
What types of bags are not allowed?
You are NOT permitted to bring:
- Purses larger than a clutch bag
- Fanny Packs
- Cinch/Drawstring bags
- Computer/Camera Bags
Are all non-clear bags and purses prohibited?
No, medical bags, as well as diaper bags with an infant/toddler present, are allowed but are subject to inspection at the entrance. Small clutch purses, with or without a handle or strap, are also permitted and subject to inspection.
How many bags can each person bring into the athletic venue?
One large clear bag – either a one-gallon zip style bag or a 12" by 6" by 12" clear bag – plus a small purse-type clutch. The larger clear bag must be a standard 12" by 6" by 12" made of clear PVC vinyl and is easily searched. The one-gallon zip-style bag is readily available and easily inspected. The small clutch allows privacy for small personal items and is easily searched.
Can fans carry cameras and other devices separately from what they put in a clear bag?
Yes, a camera and other devices can be carried into the venue if they are not in their own bag. This is not a restriction on items that visitors have previously been able to bring into the stadium. It is only a restriction on the type of container used to carry items.
What happens if a person shows up at a venue with a bag that is not permitted?
Fans carrying bags that do not meet the criteria will be turned away from the venue at or near the gates. They will have the opportunity to return prohibited items to their car.
Is this procedure just for certain athletic events?
No, clear bags and the noted exceptions will be required at all GCS athletic events.
Will the media be allowed to bring bags into the venue?
Yes, appropriately credentialed members of the media will be allowed to bring bags into the venue.