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Clear Bag Policy

Oct 1, 2019 | 12:00PM



 As a part of an ongoing commitment to safety and security, aligning with the best practices at major entertainment and athletics venues, the Ford Center and Victory Theatre will institute a Clear Bag Policy effective October 1, 2019 for all Events held in both venues.

  • Each fan may carry one bag that is clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC no larger than 12” x 6” x 12” or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
  • In addition to one of the clear bags noted above, guests may also carry in a small clutch purse no larger than 4.5" x 6.5", Approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap, subject to search.
  • Each ticket holder, including children, will be able to carry an approved clear bag and a clutch purse.
  • Metal detector screening and a search of all items being carried in will take place at the Ford Center and Victory Theatres entrances. There are no provisions available at the Ford Center or Victory Theatre to store or safeguard any prohibited bags. Guests will be asked to return prohibited items to their vehicle.
  • Diapers and wipes may be carried in a clear bag; however, diaper bags are not permitted.
  • Additional clothing, blankets, etc. are permitted if carried loosely or in an approved clear bag.
  • Blankets should be carried over the shoulder to be screened more quickly.
  • Small approved cameras, binoculars and cell phones are permitted if carried in loosely or in an approved clear bag.
  • An exception will be made for credentialed staff, approved media and medically necessary items that cannot fit into a clear bag, after proper inspection.


Bags that do not meet the policy will not be permitted to enter the Ford Center or Victory Theatre. Disposal/relocation of non-permissible bags will be the responsibility of the owner. No bag check will be available.


Clear Bay Policy Q &A
Below are some frequently asked questions and answers to help guests prepare for the changes.

Why did Ford Center and Victory Theatre adopt this policy?
Fan Safety and Experiences for our guests are a top priority of the Ford Center and Victory Theatre.  In the interest of enhancing existing security measures at events, the Ford Center and Victory Theatre will implement a new security policy regulating the size and type of bag that may be carried. Not only is the clear bag policy an important step towards enhancing public safety it will also improving efficiency at our arena and theater entrances. We frequently review our policies against industry standards for arenas and theaters safety, and clear bags are among the best practices endorsed by security experts along with metal detection.

What’s allowed into the Ford Center and Victory Theatre?
Answer: Clear, uncolored plastic tote-bags will be permitted, or guests may use a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc or similar). Additionally, guests also may bring opaque small or clutch-sized purses/wallets, not to exceed 4.5 inches tall by 6.5 inches long, after proper security screening.  Only one bag is allowed per ticket holder.

What is not allowed inside the Ford Center and Victory Theatre?
Answer: No large purses, bags, diaper bags, backpacks or fanny-packs will be permitted inside any venue. Staff-members are not allowed to hold or store bags during an event.

Can I place my oversized purse inside my clear plastic bag and still gain entrance?
Answer: No. Only bags approximately the size of hand or smaller will be permitted after proper search. Everything else must be easily visible within the clear plastic bag upon entering the security line.

What if I accidentally bring a bag or item that is not permitted?
Answer: In the event a guest arrives with an unapproved bag, they will be asked to return it to their vehicle or dispose of it at their discretion.

What if I carry medical items that will not fit into a clear plastic bag?
Answer: Staff-members are happy to make special accommodations for bags with medical necessity. However, each bag will need to be properly searched and tagged by security before entering.                  

How do I get through the security line quicker?
Answer: Arrive early. Doors for events typically open 60 minutes prior to an event. Lines can get bogged down with last-minute arrivals, so budgeting extra time for security can help ensure patrons have plenty of time to get in and find their seats.

Where can I purchase an additional clear plastic bag?
Answer: A limited number of bags will be available for purchase at the Ford Center ticket office. Bags are also available on many online stores.


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