Clear Bag Policy
To ensure a safe environment for the public, eliminate unnecessary contact at entry gates, and to accelerate fan entry in to the stadium. Commonwealth Stadium and the Edmonton Elks have implemented a Clear Bag policy that limits the size and types of bags that be brought into the stadium. Exceptions to this policy will be made for all medically necessary items after proper inspection.
Commonwealth Stadium has a no bag policy for all guests attending events at the venue to make entry faster, safer and easier for everyone.
- Guests are encouraged not to bring bags to the stadium
- Guests may enter with a clear plastic bag that is no larger than 12” x 12” x 6”. Clear bags are available for purchase at the Elks Team Store.
- Guests may also carry one small clutch wallet or purse no larger than 6.5” x 4.5”, with a handle or strap, which will be searched
- Exceptions may be provided for diaper bags, and for medically necessary items that cannot fit into a clear bag
- All bags are subject to search, including enhanced screening, if required
- Fans carrying bags that do not meet the criteria will not be permitted entry
Items include, but are not limited to:
- Purses larger than a clutch bag
- Cinch Bags
- Computer bags
- Camera bags
How many bags can each person bring into the stadium?
Stadium security will use discretion when assessing how many bags are being brought into the stadium. It is strongly recommended with one large clear bag – either a one-gallon Ziploc style bag or the 12″ by 6″ by 12″ clear bag – plus a small clutch. The larger clear bag must be a standard 12″ by 6″ by 12″ made of clear PVC vinyl. The one-gallon Ziploc bag is readily available, inexpensive and easily searched. The small clutch allows privacy for small personal items and also is easily searched.
Can fans carry cameras, binoculars, smart phones or tablets separately from what they put in a clear bag?
Yes. Binoculars or a phone or camera can be carried into the stadium so long as it is not in its own bag. This is not a restriction on items that fans have been able to bring into the stadium in the past. It is only a restriction on the type of container used to carry items.
What about bringing blankets in cold weather?
Fans will be able to bring blankets by tossing them over a shoulder or arm. They can be easily screened by security staff.
What happens if I show up at the gate with a bag that is not permitted?
Fans carrying bags that do not meet the criteria will be turned away from the stadium at the gates. Bags will not be stored by the Stadium if the bag does not meet the standard.
If I have certain medical items or medical equipment that I need to bring into the stadium what do I do?
There will be designated areas to allow screening of these bags and medically necessary items
What about diaper bags?
Diapers can be carried in a clear bag. Each member of a family, including children, would be allowed to carry an approved clear bag and a clutch purse into the stadium.
Will the clear bags be on sale outside the stadium?
Yes. The Elks Team Store does have branded bags for sale and will be available for purchase on game days. We encourage anyone who is going to purchase a bag to do so before they plan to attend an event at the stadium.