LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Female football fans may want to think twice about the accessories they bring to NFL games this season.

A new league-wide security policy regarding purses left many Redskins fans frustrated at the first preseason home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers last night.

Starting this year, the only bags permitted into NFL stadiums are required to be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceeding 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. Also permissible are one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags and small clutch bags, no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches.

“I would have brought a smaller bag if I had known,” one woman outside FedExField told WNEW’s George Mesthos shortly before kickoff.

She said she came straight from work with her purse and had taken the Metro, meaning she had no car to store her bag in while watching the game. And she’s one of many who feel that new safety policy is going too far.

“It’s not that bad for us, but you know females got their female things and they want to keep private some things,” one empathetic man said.

NFL teams sent reminders of the new policy with season ticket renewals and also used the media to spread the word. Signs will be in stadium parking lots in the preseason and regular season, and the NFL hopes each team will be able to hand out fliers about the limitations.

“This proactive measure both will enhance safety inside and outside the stadium and speed the security screening process for all NFL fans,” according to the NFL website. “The public deserves to be in a safe, secure environment. This is about both safety and improving the overall fan experience.”

Permissible bags with team logos on them are available at

The full policy can be found here

WNEW’s George Mesthos contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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