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New bag policy for tonight's Bucs game

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New rules may have a big impact at Raymond James Stadium this year.

The NFL Is putting the new security policy into effect for its games across the league.

The Tampa Sports Authority says it plans to use the same policy at U.S.F. Football games, the Outback Bowl and any other event at the stadium.

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The policy will ban any purses, backpacks, bags, diaper bags and seat cushions.

Clear plastic bags no larger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 6 inches will be allowed.

Brian Ford, the C.E.O. of the Buccaneers says it's all about safety.

Ford says, "The purpose behind this is to speed up the entrance and to help law enforcement as well as stadium staff ensure public safety in a public venue."

At Wednesday's practice for the Bucs, fan Barbara Stout says she understands the new policy, " I think it's a good idea in this day and age with what's going on in our country, I'm all for it."

It's not that simple for fan Diana Adams. She has two adult special needs children with handicaps.

Adams is a fan, but says the new policy would make it very difficult for her to attend games.

Adams says, " I just don't know what I'm going to do because this is, when I go to, everything single thing that I need is in this purse to take care of them and in this backpack."

Adams has several bags filled with medical supplies and other equipment for her children.

She says some of it is of a personal nature and she doesn't want it showing through a clear plastic bag.

Mickey Farrell with the Tampa Sports Authority says they have a plan in place for people like Adams.

Farrell says, "There will be two gates set up, one on each side of the stadium and the security will be trained to make sure that those people are allowed in at those particular points and checked, they're still going to be checked, but they will be allowed to bring in that if there is a special medical need."

Farrell says fans with special medical needs can apply in advance with the sports authority for a special credential that will allow them to easily enter a special needs gate.

Farrell says they plan a large publicity campaign before the season begins to make fans aware of the new policy.

Workers will spread out in the parking lots around the stadium and even in the nearby neighborhoods to hand out fliers and to advise people about the new policy.

The policy will also be in place this year for U.S.F. football games and the Outback Bowl.

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