Sorry Hawks fans, leave your large 12 flags at home

Jan 13, 2016, 11:34 AM | Updated: 11:48 am
Any 12s making the trip to Charlotte for the Seahawks playoff game will need to make sure their fla...
Any 12s making the trip to Charlotte for the Seahawks playoff game will need to make sure their flags aren't too big. (AP)
(AP)

There may be some 12s who make the somewhat expensive trip to Charlotte for the Seahawks playoff game against the Panthers, but don’t expect to see any flags.

KIRO 7 reports that fan flags at Bank of America Stadium can be no larger than 2 feet by 2 feet, thanks to a revised banner policy that went into place in November, after Panthers quarterback Cam Newton tore down a Packer fan’s banner.

Stadium officials said the incident during the Nov. 8 Green Bay game played a role in prompting them to review the policy, but that there had already been talks about changing it before that, according to WSOCTV in Charlotte.

“We did make some adjustments after the Green Bay game, and I think for a lot of reasons for what we may or may not see with the playoffs and Green Bay coming back,” Scott Paul, the Panthers’ director of stadium operations, told the Charlotte Observer. “The policy is 24-by-24 (inches) and one person has to hold it. We don’t want to get into conflict resolution. We don’t want our people to be dealing with banners. We want them to help the customer.

“So if something’s obviously larger than that 24-by-24 or obstructing someone from behind, our people will get involved. Otherwise, as long as it’s a football-related message, we’re going to allow it. That’s really no change in policy. The only thing we changed was size.”

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Sorry Hawks fans, leave your large 12 flags at home