ACPS enacts clear bag policy for football games

Citizens Field is home to Buchholz, Gainesville and Eastside high schools and both the facilities and field are in need of upgrades.
Citizens Field is home to Buchholz, Gainesville and Eastside high schools.
Photo by C.J. Gish

The Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS) announced Thursday that it will enact its clear bag safety policy for football games.

According to an ACPS social media release, anyone attending a football game in Alachua County can only use one clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bag measuring 12 inches by 12 inches by 6 inches or a resealable bag with a maximum capacity of one gallon.

Prohibited items include backpacks, purses, wallets, fanny packs, camera bags, computer cases, diaper bags and binocular cases. Every individual will be subject to review at any time.

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Weapons of any kind are prohibited, including in parking spaces, and this policy will be effective for this week and future games. The policy will extend to other events soon.

The announcement comes after Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two armed teenagers on Aug. 25 in Lake City when the suspects jumped the stadium fence during a Buchholz at Columbia High School football game. Both suspects were carrying concealed firearms.  

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