One of Dallas-Fort Worth's most popular concert venues is zipping up its policy on purses and bags.
Beginning June 15, concertgoers at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth will not be allowed to bring in purses bigger than a small clutch (5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches). So if the "everything is bigger in Texas" mantra applies to your purse, you'll need to downsize or leave it at the venue's free bag check.
Backpacks, camera bags, cinch bags, computer bags, fanny packs, briefcases, coolers and luggage of any kind are also banned, according to the new policy, which applies to both indoor concerts and outdoor festivals at Billy Bob's. While binoculars are permitted, binocular cases are not. Seat cushions are also not allowed.
Concert safety has been at the forefront of the news the past couple of years, most recently after a bomb killed at least 22 people outside of Ariana Grande's show at Manchester Arena in the U.K. Chris Spinks, director of marketing for Billy Bob's Texas, said: "There is no isolated incident that brought this change on. Just the importance of safety for our patrons and employees.
"We are always continuing to strengthen our security at Billy Bob's Texas," Spinks said.
Though big purses are not allowed, concertgoers may use large, clear vinyl bags to carry their things. Billy Bob's will offer free gallon Ziploc bags to patrons whose bags don't fit protocol, Spinks said. And if you decide to check a bag, you likely won't be able to retrieve anything from it until the show has ended. Billy Bob's does permit patrons re-entry to the venue, so patrons can go to and from their cars, if need be.
Billy Bob's will also sell clear bags onsite. They will probably cost $15 or less, Spinks said.