Later this week, TD Ameritrade Park Omaha will proudly welcome fans from across the country for the Big Ten Conference Baseball Tournament. However, visitors should be aware of new security procedures - implemented since the Tournament's last visit to the stadium in 2016.
At the end of 2017 TD Ameritrade Park Omaha adopted a clear bag policy. This policy is now in effect for all ballpark events, including the Big Ten Conference Baseball Tournament and the NCAA Men's College World Series.
Items permitted into TD Ameritrade Park Omaha will include clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags. Also, small clutch-sized bags will still be allowed after proper inspection, continuing a practice that the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA) launched in the summer of 2017. Please see the bullet points below for approved small bag dimensions. This is the same policy in effect for CenturyLink Center Omaha arena shows.
Additionally, security personnel will begin "wanding" guests entering the stadium for all TD Ameritrade Park Omaha events. After consultation with local law enforcement and security officials, all entities agreed that the updated policy is the best cautionary practice for the countless fans who entrust MECA managed venues with their safety.
Here are the main components of the clear bag policy, which is currently being enforced:
Uncolored clear plastic, vinyl or PVC tote bags permitted after search (when applicable)
Diaper bags must also adhere to these guidelines
Small or clutch-sized purses or wallets, not exceeding 4.5 inches tall by 6.5 inches long are permitted
One-gallon, clear plastic freezer bags are also acceptable
No large purses, bags, backpacks or fanny-packs will be allowed inside the arena or stadium
MECA staff-members are not allowed to hold bags during an event
Exceptions will be made for bags with medical necessity after appropriate inspection
Media will be allowed to bring in cameras and other equipment using the media designated entrance. Each bag will require a brief search.
As always, patrons are encouraged to beat the rush of last minute arrivals by coming early, and budgeting additional time for security screenings.
The Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that manages TD Ameritrade Park Omaha and CenturyLink Center Omaha. Both venues are owned by the City of Omaha.
For more information contact Kristyna Engdahl, 402.599.6916, email@example.com or visit the Big Ten Baseball Tournament Central Page.