Safety first at the Yale Bowl

A packed crowd watches a game at the Yale Bowl

The Yale Athletics Department has introduced two new policies this year designed to ensure that attending a game at the Yale Bowl is a safe and secure experience for all.

Clear Bag Policy

The first of these is the Clear Bag Policy. Backpacks, purses, camera bags, binoculars cases, and diaper bags are no longer allowed into the Yale Bowl. Fans may instead bring items in a gallon-sized Ziploc® bag or in an official Yale Athletics clear bag, which is available for purchase at the Bowl. Hand-held purses that are 6.5” x 4.5” or smaller and have no strap can also be brought into the stadium; these need not be clear.

Fans can store unauthorized items in their vehicles or use the complimentary bag check service located outside Gate C on the Yale Athletics Tennis Courts. Bag check will open two hours prior to kick off. Any bags not claimed 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game will be delivered to the Yale Police Department at 101 Ashmun St, New Haven, CT 06511 I

No-Reentry Policy

Also new this year is a No-Reentry Policy. A fence has been constructed around the perimeter of the Yale Bowl, encompassing the concession stands and restrooms. Once admitted into this area, no ticket holder will be permitted to leave and reenter the facility on that ticket.

The new protocols were created in consultation with the Yale Police and Emergency Management.

These measures, while new to Yale, have become standard practice at sports venues throughout the country,” says Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins. “We want fans to enjoy gameday at the Yale Bowl, and a crucial part of that is ensuring that they stay safe. These policies are an important step toward achieving that goal.”

The Bulldogs will play at home on Oct. 26 (against Penn, noon kickoff); Nov. 2 (against Columbia, noon kickoff); and Nov. 23 (against Harvard, kickoff TBA). Click here for ticket information.

For more tips about attending games at the Yale Bowl, including information on parking and shuttle buses, see Yale Football: Gameday 101.

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