Audiences have mixed reactions over Ford Center’s new “clear bag” policy

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EVANSVILLE, In. (WEHT) — Big changes have kicked in for audiences at the Ford Center.

Fans of Shinedown were the very first people to navigate the venue’s brand new “clear bag” policy.

As you can imagine, it was a “mixed bag” of reactions.

Some people said they agree with the new measures, some prepared ahead of time, and many thought it was a big inconvenience.

“I knew it was different, but my friend had like a small bag and it had two zippers on it,” said Madelyn Riddick. “And she wouldn’t let…. and they won’t let her bring it in, so. I think that’s a little bit…..dumb.”

Angela Green of Cynthiana agreed.

“I hate it! I didn’t know about it until I picked up my tickets at the box office.”

Some in line said the rules caused a mad dash back to the car.

“She had to go to the car and put it back and we had a frantic moment because we didn’t know what to do at first.”

Others, like green, say they’re concerned about medication.

“I’ve got stage 4 cancer, a lot of medications are now locked in my truck.”

The Ford Center website does say exceptions can be made for medical reasons.

Some fans said they knew about the policy change, but it left them with few options for buying merchandise inside.

“We have binoculars — and we’re going to get a bag,” said Frances Toyne. “Because we’re going to buy souvenirs.”

Bags are available inside the Ford Center for five dollars. And while the new rules may frustrate some fans, they say, it’s not a deal-breaker.

“I think it’s a good policy. I think it’s a positive policy.”

“I’ll come back to concerts here. I don’t think it’s really a big problem,” said Riddick. “I’ll just keep stuff in my pockets.”

“I’ll still come to events but I’ll leave my bags at home.”

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