New bag rule at Gillette Stadium gets mostly favorable reviews

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Two miles from Gillette Stadium, a large construction sign warned New England Patriots fans that only clear bags would be allowed in the stadium.

The new policy that bans most bags is being introduced in several NFL stadiums this year, and fans at Friday night’s game, with emotions of the Boston Marathon bombings still raw, welcomed the extra security measures, for the most part.

“It’s still close to home,” Lisa Mahar, 56, of Smithfield, R.I., said, recalling the April 15 attack. “Everyone is doing it because we want to be safe and we want our neighbors to be safe.”

Mahar had come prepared with a backpack-sized clear bag her niece had lent her.

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