Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Enhances Game Day Security

August 31, 2017

Clear bag policy will be implemented for all game day events.

ATLANTA (August 31, 2017) – Fans attending the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games in Atlanta Labor Day Weekend are encouraged to arrive early to the stadium and not to bring bags into Mercedes-Benz Stadium or any game day event location. If bags must be carried into the stadium, fans will be asked to adhere to a clear bag policy.

The enhanced security measures will also be in effect at Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game FanZone presented by Coca-Cola in the Georgia World Congress Center prior to the game.

Fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container at FanZone, stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium:

Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC, and are no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”

One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziplock or similar)

Small clutch bags no larger than 4.5” x 6.5” can be taken into the stadium in addition to the clear plastic bag

Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″ (approximately the size of a hand)

An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose

Bags will be monitored at secondary security perimeter locations set up around Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Georgia World Congress Center, and increased law enforcement and K-9 patrols will be prevalent throughout the area.

“The overall safety and security of our fans, teams and event personnel is our number-one priority as we prepare for game day and all of the events leading up to kickoff,” said Gary Stokan, CEO and president of Peach Bowl, Inc. “We urge all fans to be aware of the policy and follow it carefully to make entrance into the new stadium as easy as possible for everyone.”

Items that are typically carried in diaper or baby bags must be carried in a clear bag that meets the standards of the bag policy.

Fans may still bring items such as binoculars and cameras, provided they are not in cases, as well as smart phones into Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Georgia World Congress Center.

Working personnel, including media, will enter Mercedes-Benz Stadium through designated gates where they are required to show appropriate credentials and will be subject to screening and bag inspections. For more information on the clear bag policy or the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game’s enhanced security efforts, visit

The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between No. 3 Florida State and No. 1 Alabama will be played Saturday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. ET in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The game will be nationally televised on ABC.



About the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

Created in 2008 by Peach Bowl, Inc., the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is the preeminent bowl-style, neutral-site game featuring two elite football programs and has been nationally televised on the first Saturday of the college football season since its inception. The game has hosted teams with national rankings of No. 1 (twice), 2, 3, 5 (twice), 6, 7, 9, 14, 16, 18 (twice), 19, 22, 24 (twice) and 25 (three times). The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game boasts an average attendance of 67,645, has been watched on television by 47.4 million viewers, and has distributed $51.9 million in total team payouts. Since its inception in 2008, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game has featured seven national coaches of the year, 19 players who were recipients of national awards during their collegiate careers and a total of 48 first-round NFL Draft picks. For more information, visit WWW.CHICK-FIL-AKICKOFFGAME.COM.