Ball Arena Bag Policy

Ball Arena Bag Policy

Ball Arena (formerly Pepsi Center from 1999-2020) is home to the Colorado Avalanche NHL team, Colorado Mammoth NILL team, and Denver Nuggets NBA team at 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204. The bag policy at the venue in Denver for any event is that purses and similar sling bags that don’t exceed 10”x6”x4” can enter the facility. Medical and similar bags can be bigger than the purse size but can’t exceed 14 “x14 “x6”. However, traditional backpacks and similar bags can’t enter the facility for any game or concert.


Here is the complete Ball Arena (formerly Pepsi Center) bag policy guide for your next basketball, hockey, or lacrosse game!


How Does the Ball Arena Staff Review Your Bag?

How Does the Ball Arena Staff Review Your Bag

Fans arriving at the Denver arena for a game or concert will go through a metal detector before scanning their ticket. Any fan with a bag with them will line up in the bag check line to have their bag and its content inspected. The inspection includes reviewing the inside and outside of the bag, ensuring it does not exceed the size limit, and reviewing the items within the bag. If there are no issues with your bag or items inside of it, you get it back and can proceed with scanning your ticket to enter the arena.


Consider purchasing a single-compartment clear bag for your next event at the Denver Arena! There is a movement to have more sports venues adopt a clear bag policy in the future, so consider getting one now. Some other bag types that can enter Ball Arene are below.


  • Purses, sling bags, and cinch bags that don’t exceed 10”x6”x4.”
  • Diaper bags and medical bags that don’t exceed 14 “x14 “x6.”
  • Small clear single-compartment bags that don’t exceed 10”x6”x4.”
  • Any ADA-Specific bag that a fan needs to bring with them to the venue


What Items Can’t You Bring into Ball Arena (Pepsi Center)

What Items Can't You Bring into Ball Arena (Pepsi Center)

Ball Arena (Pepsi Center) occasionally updates its prohibited items list, so it is best to check out this official guide before your next event. Here are some items on the banned list that can’t enter the facility with you for a match.


  • Noisemakers
  • Animals not for ADA purposes
  • Any bag larger than 10”x6”x4” (Backpacks, luggage bags, briefcases, laptop bags, etc.)
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Drones
  • Glassware
  • Golf umbrellas
  • Outside alcohol
  • Outside food and beverages (There are exceptions that the security staff can make for you if you need something like some baby formula to enter the facility)
  • Selfie sticks
  • Skateboards


What Happens If Your Bag Is Too Big to Enter Ball Arena?

What Happens If Your Bag Is Too Big to Enter Ball Arena


If your bag (or items inside) can’t enter the Denver Arena, you must return them to your car and leave them inside. From there, you must line up again at the entrance gate, go through another security check, and scan your ticket to enter the facility without your bag.


If you took public transportation to the game and didn’t have a car to leave your bag at, you can see if a nearby hotel or restaurant can hold onto your stuff. With Ball Arena out in downtown Denver, many hotels and bars are within walking distance of the venue to see if they can hold onto your property. Most places charge a small fee to hold onto each bag you give them while at the game.


Parking Tips and Food Guide for a Basketball, Lacrosse, or Hockey Match

Fans can save money on parking near Ball Arena (Pepsi Center) with SpotHero. There are multiple parking lots that SpotHero has that are within walking distance of the Denver arena. Check out the Ball Arena Parking guide for the full breakdown and analysis of where to park.


Fans can’t bring outside food or drinks into the Denver Arena for any event. However, there are exceptions if you need to bring in baby formula into the venue. Consider putting these items into a clear single compartment bag to make it easier for the security team to review.


Here is the Ball Arena food guide to see what you can get for your next event!