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Going to see Ariana Grande at Golden 1 Center? Make sure to bring a clear bag

Ariana Grande world tour to make a stop in Sacramento

Ariana Grande's world tour will make a stop at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento this spring.
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Ariana Grande's world tour will make a stop at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento this spring.

Fans attending Ariana Grande’s upcoming concert at Golden 1 Center, just say no to your opaque purses and backpacks – or in Grande’s words, “thank u, next!”

The pop star is allowing only clear bags and purses on her “Sweetener” tour dates, including her Sacramento stop on May 3.

Guests are allowed one bag each, and all bags must be 100 percent clear or transparent, according to a news release from Golden 1 Center. All bags must be made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC. One-gallon freezer bags, like Ziploc, are an option.

Additionally, bags must not exceed 12 by 6 by 12 inches in dimension, and all belongings must be individually placed inside the clear bag -- no additional bags inside the clear bag are allowed. Cameras or recording devices are also not permitted.

Guests with medically necessary items may bring them in after a thorough inspection, the release said.

Grande posted on Twitter and Instagram that the purpose of the bag policies is to increase safety at her concerts. The new policies follow the 2017 terrorist attack at her concert in Manchester, England, where a suicide bombing killed 22 people and injured dozens more.

The singer has been candid about her struggles with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder following the bombing. “I don’t think I’ll ever know how to talk about it and not cry,” Grande said in an interview with Vogue.

Grande isn’t the first artist to implement a clear bag policy; some of Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” tour dates had a clear bag policy, and the NFL follows a clear bag policy at its stadiums.

The singer posted on Instagram in February about the policy, saying “dear sweetener / thank u next tour audience friends, we’re sending out emails soon encouraging you to order a clear bag to bring your things into the venues as security is going to be very precise and smooth but for sure super strict.”

Grande is also selling approved clear bags on her website for $8, but reminded fans on Twitter that they do not need to buy the branded bags as long as their personal bags meet the standards for the tour.

Golden 1 Center’s usual bag policy bans backpacks and bags over 16 by 16 by 8 inches. The arena also has its own list of prohibited items, which includes outside food and drink, bottles or cans, noisemaking devices, laptops, selfie sticks, GoPro cameras, weapons and more.

The full prohibited items policy can be viewed at

Golden 1 guests must also pass through a security checkpoint when entering the arena, which includes a bag check and metal detector. Aside from the clear bag policy, there won’t be any other heightened security measures at Grande’s show, according to Golden 1 Center.