Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Understanding new Baum Stadium policies
Fans will notice new policies this season at Baum Stadium.
FAYETTEVILLE Fans will notice a new bag policy upon arrival at Arkansas' season-opening baseball series this weekend.
Bags will only be permitted for child or medical care, and purses larger than 14 inches long, 10 inches wide and 10 inches deep won't be allowed inside the stadium. All bags, purses and coolers will be inspected by gameday personnel.
Contrary to a report in the University of Arkansas student newspaper The Arkansas Traveler on Thursday, outside food and beverages brought into the Hog Pen - or grassy area beyond the left field wall - in a cooler will not be confiscated, according to university sources. As has been policy, those contents still cannot be brought into the main seating area of the stadium.
The new Baum Stadium bag policy is similar to ones used at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium and Bud Walton Arena, which are based on recommendations from the Department of Homeland Security.