WARNING: LVE placing limits on bags allowed at NFR

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The National Finals Rodeo is going to be clear on safety starting with this year’s championship, set for Dec. 7-16 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Events sent out a news release earlier today about its new security policy that will regulate the sizes and types of bags that may be carried into the complex. It is being touted as the “Clear Bag” policy.

This type of clutch, because of its size and that it’s not clear, WILL NOT be allowed inside the Thomas & Mack Center during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo due to safety concerns, Las Vegas Events announced Wednesday.

Bags that will be permitted are:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed (in inches) 12x6x12
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags
  • Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed (in inches) 4.5×6.5, which is approximately the size of a hand.
  • An exception will be made for diaper bags and medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

Prohibited bags include but aren’t limited to

  • Purses larger than a clutch
  • Briefcases
  • Backpacks, cinch bags, fanny packs that are not clear or exceed the size restriction
  • Luggage of any kind
  • Computer bags/ cases
  • Camera bags/cases
  • Binocular bags/cases or any bag larger than the permissible size

More information can be found HERE.

This will mark a big change for many that attend the NFR every year. It will be important that this information spreads over the next two months to help attendees plan.


Comments (3)
Melinda / September 15, 2017

I have always wanted to attend the NFR, but your restrictions on purses would prevent me from doing so. I have medications and other medical items that must be carried with me at ALL times. A little clutch bag would be of no use to me. Guess I’ll never be able to attend the NFR. Thank you.

Ted Harbin / September 15, 2017


If you want to go to the NFR, just make your plans and make it happen. Don’t let these restrictions stop you. I’m sure there are clear bags that fit within the restriction level that you could use.

If this year doesn’t work, start making plans in January for next year’s championship. It’s well worth it.

Angel Martin / September 16, 2017

Glad to read this in advance — not happy but I understand the security issue.
Looking forward to attending the WNFR this year if I’m lucky enough to get tickets!


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