As part of new security rules unveiled Thursday by the NFL, seat cushions will no longer be allowed to bring into Lambeau Field and all NFL stadiums.
For an environment known as the “Frozen Tundra” in the winter and a stadium with primarily metal bleachers to sit on, not having the luxury of something as simple as a seat cushion could make for a rather uncomfortable experience in December and January when temperatures are frequently below freezing and occasionally below zero degrees.
The Packers do offer an alternative. For $6, you can rent a seat cushion with a back while inside the stadium, with more information provided by Ben Krumholz of WLUK in Green Bay.
Correction: 7,500 average number of rental seats sold at Lambeau per game. Official says rarely, if ever, sold out
— Ben Krumholz WLUK (@BenKrumholzWLUK) June 13, 2013
I know I for one, would rather save the $6 for the cost of myself and my family each game, especially when I easily brought a seat cushion into the stadium in the past for free.
Large bags are also being prohibited from all NFL stadiums.
According to an Associated Press report:
With the exception of medically necessary items, only clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches will be allowed. One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags also will be OK, as will small clear plastic bags approximately the size of someone’s hand, with or without a handle or strap.
One of those clear bags and a small clutch bag will be allowed per person.
Binoculars, cameras, and smartphones also will be permitted.
Banned items will include purses larger than a clutch bag; coolers; briefcases; backpacks; fanny packs; cinch bags; seat cushions; luggage; computer bags; and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.
I have no issue personally with not being allowed to bring bags into the stadium, but not being able to bring a seat cushion in winter seems like the opposite of common sense to me.
The Packers made no mention of seat cushions in a press release published on the team’s official website today, only bags.
For a sport that is finding it difficult to compete with the in-home experience of high-definition televisions, cheap beers and no lines at the bathroom, the NFL isn’t making the battle any easier on itself.
Here’s the first reaction I got to the news on Twitter:
@briancarriveau Talk about improving the live game experience, just another reason to stay home.
— Shawn Upton (@sjupton21) June 13, 2013