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Citi Field Bag Policy

Purpose

  • The bag policy was created for the safety of all our guests and to make for a more efficient and enjoyable ballpark entry process.

Policy

  • Backpacks are now prohibited inside Citi Field, except as provided herein. Prohibiting backpacks allows us to enhance security and expedite the security screening process entering Citi Field.

Permitted Bags

  • All purses, diaper bags that are not backpack-style, tote, drawstring and messenger style bags along with small soft-sided coolers that do not exceed 16"x16"x8" are still permitted.
  • Totally clear backpacks with no obscured interior pockets will also be permitted.

Prohibited Bags

  • All backpacks, regardless of size or style, with the exception of totally clear backpacks with no obscured interior pockets.
  • Bags that exceed 16"x16"x8".
  • See the full list of prohibited items in the Citi Field Security Policy, available Here

Exceptions will be made for backpacks used for ADA/medical reasons. Backpacks; provided, however, and backpacks purchased inside Citi Field during the game or event at Citi Field are permitted for that day only.

FAQ

Why is this being done?

Enhanced ballpark security and a more efficient guest entry process are the driving forces behind this policy change. Fan security and overall experience at the ballpark for all of our guests remains our priority

When is the effective date?

Our new Bag Policy will go into effect on Monday, May 20, 2019 in conjunction with our game versus the Washington Nationals at 7:10pm.

Why backpacks? Can't a purse have just as many pockets to search, so why are you allowing that style bag?

Backpacks have a lot of compartments and are cumbersome to inspect. While we understand that other bags could be just as large or have multiple compartments, we are able to limit the number of bags that fit that criteria by prohibiting easily identifiable bags such as backpacks. It allows us to screen guests faster and more effectively.

Won't this slow down entry into the ballpark?

Eliminating backpacks from the possibility of entering the ballpark will only speed up the entry process as the bag scanning process will only improve with easier to search bags.

Does this mean I can't bring in my laptop? Diaper bag?

Tote bags, purses, diaper bags that are not backpack-style, drawstring, laptop & messenger style bags, along with small soft sided coolers, are bags that are still permitted into Citi Field as long as they are smaller than 16"x16"x8". They will be screened by security prior to entry. Laptops, tablets and other electronic devices are still permitted to be brought in with you to Citi Field.

What else is being prohibited at Citi Field?

At this time, no other changes are being made to our prohibited items list. The contents that you were bringing in with you prior to May 20th will still be permitted as long as they are in an approved size and style bag. If you have any questions regarding a specific item, please review our security policies prior to departing for Citi Field found here.

I am bringing my family to the game, can I bring in a bottle of water or juice box?

Guests may bring in one, soft, plastic, factory-sealed water bottle of 20 ounces or less. Guests may also bring in one sealed, soft-sided child's juice box. Note: Water bottles and juice boxes may not be frozen.

Can I store my backpack at Citi Field somewhere?

There are no bag check facilities inside of Citi Field so it is important to review the security policies

prior to departing for the ballpark. However, in the event that a guest is not aware of our enhanced bag policy prior to arrival, we will have temporary on-site locker rentals available and operated by a third party for a fee that can serve as a last minute solution. The locker rentals are being offered by an outside company and will be available two hours prior to the start of the game and then up to an hour after the game is completed.

I have medical needs, what am I supposed to do without being able to bring in my backpack? If for any reason your medical equipment cannot be stored or transported in any of our approved bags (i.e. tote bags or drawstring bags), exceptions to our bag policy can be made for backpacks used for ADA/medical/nursing reasons. Please see the Security Supervisor assigned to your entry gate to receive the proper permissions and credentials needed to bring your backpack prior to each game you attend.

What if I purchase a backpack within Citi Field, what happens then? 

Backpacks will still be offered at our many retail stores within Citi Field. If you decide to purchase a backpack as a gift while attending a game, you will receive a Citi Field credential that will be attached to your newly purchased backpack that will give you permission to use that bag while on-site for that particular game. However, you will not be permitted to bring that backpack back in with you while attending any future games as the dated credential will be expired.

How many other MLB teams have a similar policy?

The New York Mets are the 6th MLB team to prohibit backpacks following the Astros, Cardinals, Nationals, Rays, and Tigers.

 

New York Mets Bag Policy

Please note: Backpacks may not be brought into Citi Field except as otherwise provided in the Citi Field Bag Policy. For a complete list of permitted bags please click the Read More button below.