CLEVELAND - Browns fans were plenty excited for the first preseason game Thursday, but not so much for the new bag policy, now posted all over the entrance to FirstEnergy Stadium.
In fact, new signs and the announcer going over permitted items was the first thing you noticed Thursday. However, many fans hadn't heard of the new policy until then.
Stopped at the gate, Mary Greear was told, "You cannot bring a bag into the stadium - that has to stay out," as the Cleveland Browns employee reached for a plastic bag to hand her.
Frustrated at having to return to her vehicle, Greear told NewsChannel5, "They should have notified everybody. I'm a season ticket holder and I didn't know."
The new NFL bag policy, approved after the Boston Marathon bombings, was enforced at FirstEnergy Stadium for the Browns' first pre-season game.
The new policy requires fans to enter with certain clear totes, clear plastic zip-lock bags and or small clutches. While there's an exception to the rules for necessary medical equipment, Angela Condo didn't get that treatment Thursday.
Condo said upset, "I just thought it was going to be, just no backpacks or anything. I didn't know you know, no purses. I mean I have to carry an EpiPen and allergy drugs in case I get stung. I think it's just kind of demeaning that all my personal stuff's going to be in this plastic bag that I'm carrying around."
Others were more successful, their items already in plastic bags.
Kenny Foster may not have been prepared, but still wasn't upset with the new policy.
"I could understand the reason, I mean, so many things going you, you never, never know so you don't take nothing for granted," Foster said.
Then again, not everyone felt the same way.
"This will probably be my last game I come to, I tell ya," said Greear as she finally made it back to the stadium.
The NFL bag policy was not enforced for Cleveland Browns Family Night but Browns officials say to expect the policy to be enforced from here on out.