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800.4 - Restricted Bag for Bowman Gray Stadium

University Group Policy #800.4

I.  Policy Statement

As one measure to provide a safe environment and to expedite entry into the Bowman Gray Stadium during events hosted by Winston-Salem State University and Winston-Salem State University Department of Athletics, this policy sets forth the guidelines and restrictions on items that are allowed in Bowman Gray Stadium, while under the authority and use of Winston-Salem State University and its associated entities.

II.     Definitions

For purposes of this policy, a “Backpack” is defined as a container designed to hold a bulky/heavy load and be worn on the back, typically characterized by wide shoulder straps, multiple zippers and pockets, and most often constructed of sturdy material such as thick nylon, canvas, or leather. Simple draw string bags with thin shoulder straps, and purses designed to be worn on the back are not considered backpacks.

III.    Guidelines

Prohibited items

In order to ensure the safety and security of spectators, student-athletes, and staff, the following items are strictly prohibited inside the stadium arena and will be immediately confiscated:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Artificial noise makers
  • Backpacks or oversized bags (see below)
  • Coolers or containers
  • Explosives, firearms, or weapons of any kind
  • Illegal drugs
  • Outside food or beverages
  • Pets (except service animals)
  • Umbrellas

All prohibited items must be returned to the owner’s vehicle or discarded before entry. There is no free re-entry at Bowman Gray Stadium. Individuals who leave will be required to purchase a new ticket. Any unlawful items are subject to confiscation and the person in possession of such items is subject to arrest. The decision to return confiscated items will be the sole discretion of Winston-Salem State University.

Bag Size Restrictions and Search

Bags are allowed but may not exceed size dimensions of 12” x 12” x 12”. Visual assessments will be made on all bags to determine if they fall within the size restrictions but size test containers will be at each entry gate to ensure compliance.

Backpacks, however, are prohibited.


Bag size restrictions do not apply to credentialed event staff, student-athletes, band, media, or visiting team staff. However, all bags entering the stadium arena are subject to search and will be tagged.

NOTE: Access/check points for credentialed personnel with oversized bags are designated at the North (Horns) Lot and Service Gate entries.

IV.     Applicability

This policy is applicable to Winston-Salem State University's use of Bowman Gray Stadium.

Responsible Division: Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff

Authority: Board of Trustees


  • Adopted September 17, 2015