Waco: New Stadium, New Rules

WACO (August 4, 2014) New rules and procedures will be in place when Baylor’s new McLane Stadium opens later this month.

“There has been a considerable amount of work put into developing stadium policies and procedures that will provide a safe environment and an enjoyable experience for our fans, student-athletes and officials,” ,” said Baylor Vice President and Director of Athletics Ian McCaw.

A new Baylor Gameday fan page went online Monday that provides information about everything from parking to tailgating to stadium policies.

The university also put a gameday website online Monday for students.

Key Policies
(Source: Baylor University)

ARTIFICIAL NOISEMAKERS
Policy: Big 12 Conference rules do not permit artificial noisemakers to be brought into or used in McLane Stadium.

Reason: The Big 12 implemented this rule in order to prevent the distraction of the participants and officials in the game.

ANIMALS
Policy: Service animals are welcome in McLane Stadium. All other animals will not be allowed to enter.

Reason: A service animal is trained to perform tasks for an individual with a disability.

BAGS & BACKPACKS
Policy: Backpacks are not allowed in McLane Stadium. Bags and purses 12" x 6" x 12" or smaller will be allowed in McLane Stadium.

Reason: National and local security officials have designated backpacks and large bags as security risks. Unattended bags create a security threat. Bags may not be left at the gates and will be confiscated, removed and discarded immediately.

BANNERS & POLES
Policy: Banners may not be hung and poles may not be brought into McLane Stadium unless approved by Baylor Athletics.

Reason: Banners or poles in McLane Stadium can be a nuisance to other fans by obstructing their view of the game, and can create safety concerns for those in the area.

CAMERAS, TRIPODS & MONOPODS:
Policy: Cameras with lenses 4" or smaller are permitted in McLane Stadium. Tripods & monopods are not allowed into McLane Stadium.

Reason: Large lens cameras, tripods and monopods interfere with the game and others' enjoyment of the game.

CHAIRBACK SEATS (PORTABLE):
Policy: Portable chairbacks and seat cushions will not be allowed in McLane Stadium, however, fans may rent chairs from IMG College Seating for the season at www.bubearchairs.com or on gameday at locations throughout the stadium.

Reason: Wide chairback seats overlap into the seat of the fan next to you & many encroach into the legroom of the fan behind you. The guest relations staff at Floyd Casey Stadium frequently was contacted with this complaint. The chairbacks and cushions available from IMG College Seating are customized for the benches at McLane Stadium.

FIELD ACCESS:
Policy: Access to the field shall be limited to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support personnel and properly credentialed individuals at all times.

Reason: For the safety of participants and spectators alike, at no time before, during or after a contest shall spectators be permitted onto the field.

RE-ENTRY INTO MCLANE STADIUM:
Policy: McLane Stadium will have a no re-entry policy effective with the 2014 football season. While exceptions will be made for medical emergency situations, this move brings Baylor into line with 46 other FBS schools, including several Big 12 schools, all 32 NFL teams, other SMG-operated facilities and several area high schools.

Reason: Safety. To ensure a safe and more secure environment for everyone at McLane Stadium, re-entry will not be allowed once you have left the stadium. Keeping our fans, coaches, student-athletes and officials safe and secure on gameday is of the highest priority.

SMOKING & TOBACCO
Policy: Smoking (both traditional & non-traditional) and any form of tobacco will not be permitted at McLane Stadium.

Reason: Baylor University is a tobacco-free, smoke-free campus.

UMBRELLAS

Policy: Umbrellas are not allowed in McLane Stadium. Umbrellas left at the gate/entrance will be confiscated and discarded during security sweeps.

Reason: Umbrellas are a sight obstruction for other fans, and can be a safety hazard. Fans should bring appropriate rain gear in case of inclement weather

TICKETS
Policy: All persons (ages 2 & up) must present a ticket for admission to McLane Stadium.

Reason: This policy is for the convenience and safety of all ticket holders. Even the smallest of Baylor fans sitting on their parents' lap can be an inconvenience to the fan sitting in the next seat and a safety risk for the child.

VIDEO CAMERAS
Policy: Video cameras are not permitted in McLane Stadium.

Reason: Baylor Athletics is obligated to protect the television and digital rights granted by the Big 12 Conference to television networks and other media. By prohibiting video cameras except for use by credentialed working media, Baylor Athletics can best manage that obligation.


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