Rose Bowl security: No purses, fanny packs or backpacks allowed

Exterior of the Rose Bowl.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

If you are attending Friday’s Rose Bowl game, don’t bring your purse, backpack or fanny pack.

Under security rules, all those are banned from the stadium. Instead, visitors are required to carry any belongings in a clear bag.

This is one of several security measures in place for the game and parade.


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Officials stress there is no specific threat against the events. Rather, the increased security is due to a change in which federal officials declared the Rose Parade – along with a few other events such as the Super Bowl – as “rating 1” events where extra precautions are required.

That designation was made before the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris. But the effort is taking on added importance as officials focus more on terrorists who attack so-called “soft targets” where they can cause maximum casualties.

There will be more cameras, more monitoring devices and more personnel looking for problems. Homeland Security for the first time will use a massive scanner that can examine trucks coming into the area near the Rose Bowl. The agency will also have technology capable of tracking cellphone calls in the Pasadena area. Officials have a plan to immediately seek court warrants if they need to monitor phone activity.

Here are the Rose Bowl’s bag security rules:

The Rose Bowl has implemented a clear-bag policy for all events there, including the upcoming Rose Bowl game.

Approved bags:


  • 12” x 6” x 12” clear plastic bag
  • 1-gallon plastic freezer bag
  • Clutch with shoulder strap (clutch may not be larger than 4.5” X 6.5”)
  • Clutch with wrist strap (clutch may not be larger than 4.5” X 6.5”)
  • Diaper bag, as long as you have a child

Non-approved bags:

  • Backpacks
  • Camera case
  • Mesh bag
  • Purse
  • Clear backpack
  • Tinted plastic bag
  • Oversized tote bag
  • Printed pattern plastic bag
  • Fanny pack
  • Binoculars case


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