Published: Aug. 26, 2011

New 'no-bag' policy in Spartan Stadium in effect for football games

Contact(s): Tom Oswald Communications and Brand Strategy, Greg Ianni Intercollegiate Athletics office: (517) 355-5263

EAST LANSING, Mich. — In a move that will increase security and make for a better game experience for fans, Michigan State University has instituted a “no-bag” policy in Spartan Stadium.

The new policy took effect at the June 26 U2 concert at Spartan Stadium and will be in place for all future events in the stadium, beginning with the Sept. 2 football game versus Youngstown State University.

“We were very pleased with the way the new policy worked during the U2 concert,” said MSU Police spokesperson Sgt. Florene McGlothian Taylor. “There were very few issues, and we are grateful to the community for its cooperation.”

Under the new policy, all bags such as purses, diaper bags, camera and binocular cases, and other similar bags are prohibited inside the 76,000-seat stadium.

Those with medical supply needs should enter through gates C or K to have their bags searched and tagged. Those with other personal needs (for example, diapers) should put those items in a clear, gallon-sized bag and can enter through any gate.

Spartan Stadium was just one of many large facilities that were inspected last year by the Department of Homeland Security. Instituting a no-bag policy was one of the department’s highest recommendations for increasing security.

For a complete list of prohibited items and additional game day information, visit