Clearing things up: What you need to know about UTC's clear bag policy
The UTC Mocs tip off for their basketball home opener Saturday. Before you head out the door, you'll need to know what you can and can't bring inside McKenzie Arena.
Across the country, clear bag policies have taken over.
"We implemented a clear bag policy last year as well, again just focusing on the service and experience that people get when they come to a game,” Andrew Horton, with external operations for the university, said. “It's common practice across the nation."
UTC rolled out their rules for athletic events last year. It took some getting used to, but Horton thinks this season should be smooth.
"I think once you get used to it, it starts to become a little easier for everybody to grasp,” he said. “So it's gone pretty well, especially as time went on."
Clear bags are allowed as long as they're small, less than 12” by 6”. But backpacks, duffle bags and drawstring bags aren’t allowed if you're going to watch the Mocs this season.
The Mocs have a full list of do's and don'ts at the gates and online. Athletic director Mike Wharton says the policies are making fans safer.
"First and foremost what we do is really focus on the student athlete experience. But right behind that is the fan experience and safety and we just want to make sure in this day and time that we have security,” Wharton said.
For Horton, it all circles back to his overall goal.
"Hopefully that leads to a good game day experience for them,” he said.
The men’s and women’s teams tip off on Saturday. The women take on Hampton at 2:00, and the men face Tennessee State at 4:30.