Ordinarily, it pays for a sportswriter to arrive for an Alabama game, home or on the road, a couple of hours before kickoff to get the bag checked and to get set up in the press box. After the game, it's a fairly easy exit because the game has been over for a few hours and the crowd has dispersed.
Following the Alabama-Michigan game, there was an unusual occurrence. I was walking out a stadium exit when a security guard said he'd have to check my bag. I told him he was welcome to check, and then commented, "I've never had my bag checked when I was LEAVING the stadium before. Did someone steal Jerry's silver or something?" I was referring to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys and the palatial stadium.
I was reminded of that incident when we received this notice of bag policy for this year's Alabama game vs. Wisconsin:
"In conjunction with the National Football League, and for the safety of all guests and stadium personnel, fans attending the AdvoCare Classic featuring Alabama vs. Wisconsin on Saturday, Sept. 5, are reminded that AT&T Stadium’s (aka, JerryWorld) bag policy will be in effect.
"In an effort to enhance public safety, AT&T Stadium has modified its security policy by limiting the size and style of bags allowed into the stadium. Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to, the following: all purses, bags or containers larger than a small clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags, camera bags, binocular cases (binoculars may be worn around the neck), diaper bags and seat cushions.
"Stadium approved bags/purses must be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and cannot exceed 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches in size. Small, one-compartment clutch bags that do not exceed 8½” by 5½” with or without a handle or strap are also permitted. All bags are subject to inspection upon entry and are subject to addition inspections within the stadium. Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection within the stadium."