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Last summer, my husband and I decided to take our kids to a baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Despite the fact that my husband is a die-hard New York Yankees fan, our six-year-old son pledges his undying allegiance to the Toronto Blue Jays … all because I’m from Toronto. It’s so sweet and even though I’m a Blue Jays fan myself, I still try to subtly encourage him to root for his home team, the L.A. Dodgers. 

This is a roundabout way of explaining why we took our kids to see the Toronto Blue Jays when they came to L.A. Our kids put on their Blue Jays hats and t-shirts and were so excited for the game.

While we were driving into the stadium, I saw lots of people outside selling clear plastic bags. It wasn’t until that moment that I realized you’re not allowed to bring a bag into the game unless it follows certain specifications. I looked at my backpack, filled with all the essentials I’d carefully packed and thought, “Uh-oh.”

The bag policy at Dodger Stadium and many other stadiums around the country has been implemented to minimize safety breaches, to create a secure environment and also speed up the process of screening visitors as they enter the venue.

I didn’t really want to buy a cheapo bag from a guy on the street so I just put some cash, credit cards and ID into my pocket and grabbed my phone, leaving the wipes and Kleenex and hand sanitizer and water and snacks behind in the car.

Direct from the MLB website: “Adult diaper bags and infant diaper bags that accompany infants are permitted as well as clear plastic bags, smaller than 12”X12”X6”. Non-clear bags must be smaller than 5”X8”X2” (i.e. the size of half a sheet of paper) may be brought into the stadium.”

The same or similar restrictions apply at many other stadiums so if you’re planning to attend an MLB or NFL game or a concert, make sure you check the venue’s bag policy before you go because you don’t want to deal with that unpleasant surprise.

I really wished I’d had a proper bag when we arrived at Dodger Stadium but now I know for next time.

Here are some stadium-approved bags that will save you headaches and hassles:

1. Clear Messenger Style Bag for Men and Women
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2. Stadium-Approved Crossbody Bag
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3. Cream-Colored Clear Crossbody Bag
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4. Rainbow-Colored Clear Crossbody Bag For Concerts and Sporting Events
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5. Dual Pocket Clear Crossbody Bag
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1 Comment On "Going to an NFL, MLB Game or Concert? You’ll Need a Clear Stadium-Approved Bag Like One of These"

    We went to a basketball game at Northern Illinois University and they also had the clear bag policy, which we did not know about ahead of time. I should have checked their website before the game.

    Also, we brought cash for the snack bar. They only accepted credit cards.

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