Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers. He and his wife live in Fayetteville.
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.