New clear bag policy kicks off at UA

New clear bag policy kicks off at UA

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - There were long lines outside of the University of Arizona McKale Center on Wednesday night as people waited to get into the arena for the Wildcat basketball game.

The backup was because of the new "clear bag" requirement put in place.

Some of the students were a little frustrated. They said they wanted to bring their backpacks in to be able to study while watching the game, but they understand that safety comes first. If fans did show up with a backpack or purse, they had to grab a clear plastic bag that staff members were handing out and transfer their things in order to be allowed in.

The new policy was prompted by the recent terror attack in Paris that left local fans and students questioning the security policies at UA.

Bags have to be clear plastic or vinyl, and should not exceed 12 x 6 x 6. Small clutch purses are okay, but they have to be no larger than the size of a hand, and they will be searched.

UA officials said this change should not come as a surprise to students and fans. They have been getting the word out since last month and the bookstores on campus have been selling clear bags.

Tucson News Now spoke with fans and asked what they thought of the new policy.

"I think it was a good idea just because of everything that's been happening across the United States," one student said.

"It's kind of different. What if you're trying to do your homework then what's the point?" another student said.

UA Athletics also reduced the number of entry points into the game. Fans were only allowed to enter through one of the five gates.

The new policy is not just for men's basketball, but it goes for all sporting events at the UA.

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