A total of 1,786 degrees were awarded during the UL Lafayette’s 161st Commencement ceremonies Friday at the Cajundome and Convention Center.
In the interest of public safety and following the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) Best Practices Guide, the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns will implement a clear bag policy effective August 2017, University officials announced today.
The policy, which is part of a growing trend at professional and collegiate sporting venues across the country, will start with the 2017-18 competition season and will include all Ragin’ Cajuns’ venues that host ticketed events: Cajun Field (football), Cajundome (men’s and women’s basketball), E.K. Long Gym (volleyball), M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field at Russo Park (baseball), Lamson Park (softball), and the Ragin’ Cajuns Track/Soccer Facility.
Each ticket holder, including children, may carry one approved clear bag, such as a one-gallon storage bag, plus a small purse.
The following bags will be permitted inside Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns athletic facilities and are subject to search.
- Clear plastic bag that does not exceed 12” by 6” by 12”.
- Clutch or small purse, with or without a strap, that does not exceed 6.5” by 4.5”.
- Equipment bag for necessary medical items.
- Diaper bag for age-appropriate children accompanied by an adult.
Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to: large purses, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, mesh bags, or any bag larger than the permissible size. Tinted or printed-pattern plastic bags are not clear, so they will not be permitted.
A non-obstructive team logo on one side of a clear bag will be permissible. Licensed Ragin’ Cajuns clear bags will be available through the Ragin’ Cajuns Store and several area retailers.
Fans can wear or carry items such as binoculars, hand-held electronic devices and cameras (with lenses shorter than four inches) without carrying cases. Fans may carry in blankets and seat cushions that will be screened upon entry.
“Ragin’ Cajuns events are known for their family atmosphere. We’re continually enhancing the safety for our fans, families and friends,” said Joey Sturm, director of Public Safety and chief of police. “The new policy will speed up entry into games as an added improvement.”
Information about this new policy can be found by visiting www.RaginCajuns.com/clearbag