Texans fans divided on NFL's new bag rules


by Sherry Williams / KHOU 11 News


Posted on June 14, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 14 at 5:43 PM

HOUSTON – Opinions on the NFL’s new rules limiting the size and type of bags fans can bring to Houston Texans games seem to be split along gender lines.

Women complain about now being able to take their purses to ball games, while men question why women need the bags anyway. Fans will only be allowed to use a see-through baggie for their belongings.

“I carry a lot of things that I need in my purse. Right now, I’ve got a little fanny pack,” said Chris Haley. However, the league said they will not be allowed either. “Oh my goodness.”

The NFL has also banned seat cushions.

“If they don’t want any seat cushions then perhaps they should get better, more cushioned seats,” Laura Conner said.

At Minute Maid Park, while fans were getting autographs from players, KHOU 11 News was getting opinions about the new mandate.

“Do you really need your makeup and stuff at a football game? You gonna be in there cheering, eating nachos. You don’t need to look good,” David Appleby said.

Even some men who carry a “man-bag” say purses should be banned given the recent bombings at the Boston Marathon.

“If that’s what they think we need to do for safety and that’s how they can keep us being safe, I think that’s a good idea,” Brent Boudreaux Michel said.

Now the Astros allow fans to bring in purses and cushions. They are even allowed to bring in food and bottles of water.

“The fans have been fantastic. That’s one of the things I’ve always felt best about, families everything else, come in, help the cost factor,” said Gene Dias with Astros media relations.

Another item on the NFL’s list may affect a lot of football fans -- no diaper bags will be allowed at the game either.

“Why you bringing a baby to a game anyway?” Appleby said. “You shouldn’t be bringing a baby to a football game. Find a sitter.”

Again, some female fans have a different opinion on the issue.

“He must not have babies then. (Laughs) He may not have any kids so, yeah, it would be inconvenient. It would be very inconvenient,” Melissa Contreras said.