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Arizona Cardinals fans face new stadium security rules

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Cardinals will launch the National Football League's new security rules at the their preseason home opener Saturday.

The new rules don't affect the players, they affect fans at University of Phoenix Stadium and all NFL stadiums. Starting this season, Purses larger than a clutch bag will no longer be allowed into the stadium. Ditto backpacks, coolers, fanny packs, camera bags, computer bags, luggage of any kind and seat cushions. If it doesn't fit in a clear freezer bag it doesn't get into the stadium.

"Everything you need to enjoy the event like binoculars or a camera, you can still bring it in, but not in the bag it is housed in."

The team will provide 12-inch-by-6-by-12 clear bags at the stadium gates.

Robb Corwin with Pride Group, which handles security outside of the stadium, said the new measures will help fans.

"Speeds up the security screening process getting fans into the stadium faster," he said.

The Cardinals said fans will still be able to hold tailgate parties in the parking lots.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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