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Penn State is banning bags from home athletic events this fall.

Penn State announced Friday it is prohibiting backpacks, bags and purses from athletic facilities including Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center and Rec Hall. Each fan will be permitted a single clear gallon-size plastic bag for medical and child-care items, officials said.

Items abandoned at entry gates will be tossed.

The new policy will add "an important additional layer of security for all the spectators and participants," said Steve Shelow, assistant vice president for police and public safety at Penn State. "This policy brings Penn State in line with other peer institutions across the nation."

Michigan and Michigan State are other Big Ten Conference schools that prohibit bags from home games, Penn State said.

Penn State's no-bag rule was first enforced at the Blue-White game in April.

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