Capital One Arena Bag Policy

Capital One Arena Bag Policy

Capital One Arena is home to the NBA Washington Wizards and NHL Washington Capitals teams. The venue is also home to the Georgetown College basketball team. The bag policy at Capital One Arena for a game or concert is strict where only medical bags that don’t exceed 14″ x 14″ x 6″ can enter the arena. Along with that, small purses and clutches that don’t exceed 5″ x 7″ can enter the facility. Otherwise, traditional backpacks and similar bags can’t enter the arena.


Here are the complete Capital One Arena bag policy guidelines for your next match.


How Does the Capital One Arena Security Team Review Bags?

How Does the Capital One Arena Security Team Review Bags

Fans coming to Capital One Arena for a basketball game, hockey match, or concert will go through a metal detector before scanning their tickets. Fans with a bag will go through a bag check line at the gate. The bag check reviews the inside and outside of the bag along with the content inside of it to ensure it can enter the venue. If you are bringing a medical bag /diaper bag to the game, head to the 6th Street and F Street entrances. That entrance has a specific medical bag/diaper bag check entrance.


Consider purchasing a clear bag to use as a medical or diaper bag for your next game or concert at Capital One Arena. The bag policy at the D.C. venue is stricter than in other places, which means bringing a clear diaper bag to the game is the way to go. Otherwise, your best bet is to avoid bringing a bag to the arena. Here are some types of bags that can enter the stadium.


  • Medical bags/diaper bags/parenting bags that don’t 14″ x 14″ x 6″
  • Small purses and wallet-size clutches
  • Empty clear plastic water bottles
  • A clear plastic bag to put food in for medical reasons or special dietary food.


Are There Any Items that Fans Can’t Bring into Capital One Arena?

Are There Any Items that Fans Can't Bring into Capital One Arena

Fans making their way to the basketball/hockey arena in Chinatown, Washington D.C., should know that certain items can’t enter with them at the venue. Some of the prohibited items are below for reference. Check out the official prohibited items list of the venue for more details and up-to-date information.


  • Weapons of any kind
  • Bags that exceed 14″ x 14″ x 6″
  • Coolers, luggage, briefcases, backpacks, etc.
  • Outside food and beverage that are not for medical or religious reasons
  • Laser pointers
  • Animals not for ADA purposes (Service animals are ok)
  • Selfie sticks
  • Noisemakers
  • Tripods


Is there a Bag Check Area at Capital One Arena?

Capital One Arena tends to have one of the game’s most strict bag policy rules. With that being the case, if your bag is not for parenting / medical reasons, it is best to avoid trying and bringing it in. The security screening at the gate won’t allow traditional bags into the venue, so you should leave your bag in your car before heading there.


If you take public transportation to the arena and can’t leave your bag in a car, consider seeing if a nearby bar or hotel can watch your stuff. Some numerous bars and hotels are within walking distance of the basketball/hockey venue, so you can see if they will hold onto your stuff. Most bars and hotels charge a small fee to hold onto them while you attend the game.

As a note, in 2023, there are no locker storage areas directly at the stadium, like Nationals Park or Audi Field.


Parking and Food Information for Your Next NBA/NHL Match

Fans driving out to the Caps venue can secure a parking spot ahead of time using SpotHero. SpotHero has plenty of affordable parking garages and lots that fans can choose from within walking distance of the arena. Visit the Capital One Arena Parking guide for further details.


The Washington Wizards arena does not allow outside food or drinks to come inside it. Be sure to visit the Capital One Arena Food Guide for more information.



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