Chicago Football Classic

Sep 2, 2023

Event Details

Bag Policy

For all events at Soldier Field, the NFL Clear Bag Policy is in place. Approved bags are limited to:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12" or 30.5 x 15.25 x 30.5 cm. This includes clear backpacks, clear fanny packs and clear cinch bags that fit within the permissible dimensions.
    • No buckles, grommets/hardware or décor can be concealing any part of the bag.
    • Logo can only be on one side of the bag.
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziplock bag or similar).
  • Small bags, non-clear bags that do not exceed 4.5" x 6.5" in size, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bags.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: coolers* (unless medically necessary), briefcases, non-clear backpacks, non-clear fanny packs, diaper bags* (unless medically necessary), non-clear cinch bags, non-approved seat cushions* (unless medically necessary), luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera or binocular bags or any non-clear bag larger than the permissible size (4.5" x 6.5")

For questions about exceptions for medical reasons, please see below.

*Non-approved seat cushions include large traditional seat cushions that have pockets, zippers, compartments, or covers. Fans should ask for Stadium Security to have their seat cushion examined.




Medical Bags or kits are acceptable and will be searched at the gate.


Diapers must be carried in a clear bag. Each member of a family, including children, would be allowed to carry an approved clear bag and a clutch purse into the stadium.


Prohibited Items

  • Any bag, case or purse other than the NFL approved bags; see “Bag Policy” page
  • Weapons or firearms of any kind
  • Alcoholic beverages and “Palcohol” (Powdered Alcohol)
  • Seat cushions with zippered covers, pockets or flaps
  • Balloons and beach balls
  • Cameras with lenses that exceed 6” when fully extended
  • Cans, bottles or other beverage containers
  • Clothing or signage with offensive or vulgar language or that blocks fans’ view
  • Confetti
  • Fireworks or smoke bombs
  • Illegal drugs
  • Animals (except service animals to aid persons with disabilities)
  • Laser pens and pointers
  • Noise-making devices (i.e. horns, whistles, etc.)
  • Poles of any kind, including selfie-sticks
  • Strollers (Bears provide a stroller check at Gate 10)
  • Signs, banners or flags
  • Umbrellas
  • Video or movie cameras
  • Use of wheeled footwear, skateboards, hover boards and Segway’s 
  • Aerosol cans (i.e. mace, pepper spray, hairspray, etc.)
  • Smoking cigarettes, using smokeless cigarettes, e-cigarettes or chewing smokeless tobacco
  • Any other items deemed to be dangerous or inappropriate
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“Drones”)
  • Any coolers and ice chests (includes soft sided)


Tailgating is permitted in the South Parking Lot and the top of Waldron Deck. Please note that tailgating is not permitted during or after the game.

Tailgating rules:

  • Parking spaces may not be used for tailgate equipment alone. 
  • No open flame (grilling or otherwise) is permitted in enclosed lot area (North Garage & lower Waldron Garage)
  • No tents of any kind are permitted. 
  • Maintaining an aisle that is clear of tailgate equipment in order to accommodate emergency vehicles is imperative for maintaining a safe environment. Your total tailgate (including guests) is limited to eight (8) feet behind each parking space.
  • Parking is for ticketed guests only, and the stadium and teams reserves the right to confirm that guests have tickets prior to allowing them into parking lots.
  • All tailgating in stadium-controlled parking lots is prohibited during the game and after night games.
  • Offensive signs, banners or other displays, including the Confederate Flag are prohibited.
  • Other prohibited activities include:
    • Consumption of alcohol in the Family Friendly lots
    • Set-ups or games utilizing sidewalks and/or streets
    • Solicitation or distribution of any unauthorized item
    • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“Drones”)
    • Drinking games
    • Advertising banners or displays
    • Disorderly conduct
    • Firepits/open fires are NOT ALLOWED IN ANY LOTS 
    • Deep fryers or any oil-based cooking or frying
    • Picketing or political campaigning
    • Saving parking spaces
    • Tethered blimps, balloons, and other oversized inflatables
    • Weapons or fireworks
    • No open flame, infrared panel or propane heaters of any type allowed in any lot
    • Propane tanks larger than 19 pounds are not allowed on campus.
    • Overnight parking is not allowed in any of the Museum Campus parking lots