Students Invent Bag to Get Around Beaver Stadium Security
Members of a Penn State student-developed think tank think they’ve solved the no-bag policy at Beaver Stadium.
Penn State announced in the days following the Boston Marathon bombing that backpacks, bags and purses will not be permitted at any athletic events this fall, including games at Beaver Stadium. Penn State followed the lead of many NFL stadiums after the bombing.
Fans are allowed to bring one clear one-gallon plastic bag to carry medical supplies or child care needs. All items in those bags are subject to inspection.
A group of students and recent graduates have started My Event Bag, a business that makes a clear plastic backpack. It’s small enough to comply with the new security regulations at Beaver Stadium. Taylor Turrisi, director of sales and media for My Event Bag and a recent Penn State graduate, says the idea behind the product came in response to complaints that the clear bag policy felt like an invasion of privacy.
Turrisi says they saw the potential need for a product that lets people take their personal items into the games.
What makes these bags unique is the fact that, while they are clear, they have a “privacy shield,” which is a detachable flap that goes over the bag so no one can see its contents. These privacy shields, which My Event Bag hopes to patent, come with a variety of team logos.
Turrisi says that My Event Bag has checked with security at Beaver Stadium and have been told their product will be allowed inside on game day. Turrisi says the bags allowed in Metlife Stadium this past weekend for the Penn State game against Syracuse.
“We originally thought that everyone needed the product,” Turrisi said. “All the colleges we called about using our product said ‘call us back in March when budget is renewed’ because they had spent all their money for the year. But we have had some meetings with some schools.”
Turrisi has called most of the Division I schools to see how their security policies have changed, and has tried to get many of them to accept My Event Bag so fans won’t get turned away at the gate on game day.
Turrisi said the company is not allowed to use the Penn State logo on their bags because of licensing regulations.
Best Western hotels have decided to take the bags and give them to guests with the hotel’s logo on them, and some are available at Old State Clothing with that businesses logo.
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