Courtesy of NMSU News Center
New Mexico State University will begin checking bags for prohibited items at all NMSU football games, as well as at other major events on the Las Cruces campus.
The bag checks will look for illegal items, to include explosives, firearms and other weapons. Other prohibited items found during the bag checks, including alcohol, will also be subject to confiscation.
Bag checks have become standard at event facilities across the United States during recent years as venue operators have worked to help ensure a safe environment for fans. NMSU will not go to the same extremes as some facilities, though. For example, some professional sports venues require individuals to place everything in a clear plastic bag. NMSU will still allow normal bags such as purses and diaper bags.
In addition to the bag checks, NMSU will continue to enforce prohibitions on items that interfere with others or that take up more room than allowed. With ticket sales for football at levels unseen for many years, fans will not be able to bring in coolers, camp seats, flag poles longer than 3 feet, or large umbrellas. Stadium seats will continue to be allowed as long as they are no wider than 18 inches.
Anyone with questions regarding what items are allowed in the stadium is encouraged to contact Pan American Center Special Events at 575-646-4413.