The Ford Center and Victory Theatre in Evansville recently announced a new measure that follows the lead of entertainment venues around the country.  On Tuesday, the facility's new Clear Bag Policy.  That policy gets its first concert test tonight with Shinedown.

Here's The Ford Center's policy:

Here's the Victory Theatre's:

According to officials of VenuWorks, this move is part of "an ongoing commitment to safety and security" and it aligns with the best practices at major entertainment and athletics venues around the country.  The new policy measure will be effective October 1, 2019 for all events held in both venues.

Here are the general rules and guidelines that are being adopted be VenuWorks:

Each fan may carry one bag that is clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC no larger than 12” x 6” x 12” or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).

In addition to one of the clear bags noted above, guests may also carry in a small clutch purse no larger than 4.5" x 6.5", Approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap, subject to search.

Each ticket holder, including children, will be able to carry an approved clear bag and a clutch purse.

Metal detector screening and a search of all items being carried in will take place at the Ford Center and Victory Theatres entrances. There are no provisions available at the Ford Center or Victory Theatre to store or safeguard any prohibited bags. Guests will be asked to return prohibited items to their vehicle.

Diapers and wipes may be carried in a clear bag; however, diaper bags are not permitted.

Additional clothing, blankets, etc. are permitted if carried loosely or in an approved clear bag.

Blankets should be carried over the shoulder to be screened more quickly.

Small approved cameras, binoculars and cell phones are permitted if carried in loosely or in an approved clear bag.

An exception will be made for credentialed staff, approved media and medically necessary items that cannot fit into a clear bag, after proper inspection.

Bags that do not meet the policy will not be permitted to enter the Ford Center or Victory Theatre. Disposal/relocation of non-permissible bags will be the responsibility of the owner. No bag check will be available.