Bridgestone Arena Bag Policy

Last updated on December 21st, 2023 at 07:03 am

Bridgestone Arena Bag Policy

Bridgestone Arena is home to the NHL Nashville Predators team at 501 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee 37203. Bridgestone Arena has a clear bag policy that enables fans to bring in a single-compartment clear bag that does not exceed 12” x 12” x 6″. Traditional backpacks can’t enter the venue, but small clutches, purses, and wallets that don’t exceed 6.5” x 4.5” can enter.


Here is the complete Bridgestone Arena Bag Policy for your next event. I also share my bag recommendation on what to bring to the game. Finally, there is an affiliate link to Amazon on this page.


Approved Bags

Bridgestone Arena only allows clear single-compartment bags that don’t exceed 12” x 12” into the arena for games and concerts. The only exception to the clear bag rule is if you bring in a small purse or parental/ medical bag. Below are the types of bags that fans can bring inside the arena.


  • A clear single-compartment bag that does not exceed 12” x 12” x 6″
  • A one-gallon size freezer bag/clear plastic bag/Ziploc bag
  • Clear single-compartment drawstring bags/tote bag
  • A clear medical bag / parental bag (These types of bags don’t need to be clear, but consider bringing in one to help the security team review it and not have any issues at the gate.)
  • A clear diaper bag
  • Any ADA-specific bag
  • A clear fanny pack
  • A small clutch bag / small clutch purse


My Clear Bag Recommendation + Experience

I’ve been to the Nashville Predators venue for a hockey game. While I didn’t have a bag with me for the game, I saw plenty of people who had clear bags with them that had no problems getting them through the security inspection. The clear fanny pack that I bring to venues these days (if I need to bring a bag) is 11″ x 6.5″ x 5.9″ in size.


Below is a video of me explaining why I recommend bringing a clear fanny pack to the game.



Buy a clear single-compartment bag for your next Nashville Predators game!

How Does the Bridgestone Arena Security Staff Review Bags?

How Does the Bridgestone Arena Security Staff Review Bags

Fans coming out to Bridgestone Arena for a hockey game or another event will go through a metal detector screening at the entrance before heading into the arena. Fans with a bag will have that pass through a bag check inspection by the security staff at the gate. That bag inspection reviews the type of bag, if the bag is clear, and if it contains any prohibited items inside it. Assuming that you have an approved bag that is clear and does not contain prohibited items, the stadium security team will return it to you.


What are the Prohibited Items that Fans Can’t Bring into The Nashville Predators Arena?

What are the Prohibited Items that Fans Can’t Bring into The Nashville Predators Arena

Fans coming out to a Preds game or another event at Bridgestone Arena should be aware that certain things can’t come inside the venue with them. Some of those items that can’t come into the arena are below. To see the most up-to-date prohibited items list for a Preds game, visit this link.


  • Non-approved bags. (Backpacks of any kind, duffel bags, coolers, cooler bags, luggage, and laptop bags.)
  • Clear bags that exceed the size limit of 12” x 12” x 6″
  • Animals not for ADA purposes
  • Glassware
  • Drones
  • Fireworks
  • Skateboards
  • Outside food and drinks
  • Laptops and tablets
  • Laser pointers
  • Sleeping bags
  • Weapons of any kind


Is There a Bag Check or Locker Storage Area at Bridgestone Arena?

If your bag can’t come into Bridgestone Arena for a hockey game, concert, or other event, leave it in your car. Traditional backpacks, coolers, and luggage can’t come into the venue with you, so plan to leave all of those in your vehicle.


If you don’t have a car to leave your bag in for the game, see if a nearby hotel or bar can watch your belongings. As a heads up, Broadway in Nashville is a popular destination for all sorts of events, so plan to go about two blocks (or more) away from the main strip to see if a place can watch your stuff. Going two blocks or more away from Bridgestone Arena and Broadway will make it easier to get your things after a game since there won’t be a crowd of people going to the nearby bar or hotel after the game.


Additional Helpful Links

Visit the Bridgestone Arena Parking guide for more details.


Visit the Bridgestone Arena Food Guide to see what you can get on game day.

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