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North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center Announce Clear Bag Policy for All Events



This is an unedited press release

In the interest of enhancing existing security measures, North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center officials announced today that they will implement a new clear bag security policy regulating the size and types of bags that may be carried into the venues in 2018.

The policy goes into effect starting with the South Carolina Stingrays game on January 5, 2018.

“The safety and security of our guests and staff are a top priority. We believe this is a critical enhancement to our current procedures already in place,” said North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center General Manager Frank Lapsley. “We will be able to provide a safer environment and a quicker experience for guests as they enter the venues.”

Fans are strongly encouraged to not bring any types of bags to the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center, however, outlined below are types of bags that will be permitted:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 14” x 6” x 14”
  • One-gallon plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bags, with our without a handle or strap, not to exceed 4.5” x 6.5”
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at designated entrance specifically for this purpose.
  • Diaper bags will be allowed for families with infants and toddlers. Child must be present.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

For more information, a visual of what is allowed and a FAQ page, visit

Fans will continue to be able to carry items allowed into the venues such as non-professional cameras, binoculars, and smart phones as long as they are in their pockets or a clear bag.

Working personnel, including credentialed media, will continue to enter the venues through designated entrances where they will be subject to screening and bag inspections.

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