Horry County School District implements clear bag policy for football, basketball

Horry County School District leaders are switching to a clear bag policy for football and basketball. Coastal Carolina University implemented their own clear bag policy last year. (Taggart Houck/WPDE)

NFL stadiums and some college athletic programs have developed their own clear bag policies as a safety precaution during the last couple of years.

Now, the Horry County School District is outlawing bags like backpacks, drawstring bags and purses larger than a clutch from High School Football and Basketball games for the same reasons.

“It’s a safety issue and it will expedite the process of getting people in the stadium,” said Horry County School Board District 9 Representative Chris Hardwick.

Coastal Carolina University implemented a similar policy last summer for all sports. At first, there were complaints among fans and students.

“I think ultimately, our fans understood that it helps them get into the game faster and start enjoying the reason why they are there if it certainly speeds up the bag check process that our public safety engages in,” said Coastal Carolina University Athletic Director Matt Hogue.

Just two months ago, the Carolina County Country Music Festival began implementing its clear bag policy. Speed and safety were the main points there, too.

“It’s not what I particularly like because I don’t like everyone seeing what’s inside my purse,” said Teresa D’Errico from Myrtle Beach.

But, she said, she likes the safety aspect.

In most cases, you have to buy the bags in local stores, which, some people said is in an inconvenience.

Others see it as an up-and-coming fashion trend.

“Whenever I first heard about it I thought it was an invasion of privacy, like, ‘why do we have to do that?’” Said Leo Carver in Myrtle Beach. “But I understand and now it’s actually kind of an interesting fashion statement, so I really like it.”

For more information on the policy, click here.

The policy prohibits fanny packs, backpacks and drawstring bags that are not transparent.

Clear plastic or vinyl bags are allowed as long as they do not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches.

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