Clear bag policy implemented for state wrestling

CenturyLink Center Omaha will once again host some of the best athletes in the state for the NSAA State Wrestling Tournament. This year, however, before entering the arena, spectators are asked to take note of the clear bag policy recently implemented by the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA).  

No large or oversized purses, backpacks or fanny packs will be allowed past security. Just as in previous years,  MECA will not permit professional cameras (with interchangeable lenses) inside the arena. However ‘point and shoot’ type cameras or video cameras continue to be admissible. 

The policy states the following items are permitted inside the arena:  

• Clear plastic bags, measuring 12 inches tall, 12 inches long, and six inches wide 

• Small or clutch-sized purses or wallets, not exceeding 4.5 inches tall by 6.5 inches long  

• One-gallon, clear plastic freezer bags 

• One bag is permitted per person  

Anyone who enters the building with unapproved items will be asked to dispose of them at their own discretion, or return the items to a vehicle. MECA employees are not allowed to hold or check bags during an event.  

MECA understands the importance of recognizing guests’ medical needs. For that reason, after a brief search upon entry, bags of medical necessity will be tagged and admitted into the facility. Individuals carrying medical bags are simply asked to identify the bag to security checkpoint personnel, who will be happy to assist.  

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