Hard Rock Stadium Bag Policy

Last updated on November 13th, 2023 at 07:17 pm

Hard Rock Stadium Bag Policy

Hard Rock Stadium is home to the NFL Miami Dolphins and the NCAA Miami Hurricanes teams. Hard Rock Stadium has a clear bag policy in place that enables fans to bring in clear totes that don’t exceed 12” x 6” x 12”. Fans can also bring in non-clear small clutch purses on game day that don’t exceed 4.5” x 6.5”, but besides that, only clear bags can enter the venue.


Here is the complete Hard Rock Stadium bag policy guide for your next football game, concert, or 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

Hard Rock Stadium has a strict clear bag policy for all fans to follow. Therefore, the only bags the stadium security staff will allow inside the venue are clear bags. The only exceptions to this rule are small clutches that don’t exceed 4.5” x 6.5” and any medical bags. Below are the bags that can come into the Miami football stadium.


  • A transparent, vinyl, or PVC single-compartment bag no bigger than 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • A one-gallon size freezer bag/clear plastic bag
  • Medical bags
  • A small clutch bag
  • A clear fanny pack


My Clear Bag Recommendation

The Bag I Recommend

While I have not been to Hard Rock Stadium, I have plenty of friends and my community members who have. Some have brought a clear fanny pack to the stadium for a game and had no problems getting that through security. They said that Hard Rock Stadium does strictly enforce their clear bag policy, so only plan on bringing a clear single compartment bag to the stadium if you need to bring a bag to the game. Also, I’ve been to plenty of football venues with my clear fanny pack and have never had a problem getting it through the bag check process.


Below is a video of me going into more detail about my clear bag that I bring to venues. As a note, it measure is 11″ x 6.5″ x 5.9″, which is far below the size limit at Hard Rock Stadium.



Consider purchasing a clear single-compartment bag for your next event at Hard Rock Stadium!


How Does the Hard Rock Stadium Security Staff Review Bags?

How Does the Hard Rock Stadium Security Staff Review Bags

Fans coming out for a Miami Dolphins Game in Miami will first go through a metal detector check at the gate before scanning their ticket. Fans with a bag will undergo an additional security check at the entrance. The security staff at the gates strictly enforce the stadium clear bag policy, so any traditional backpacks can’t come inside the venue with fans. Assuming there are no problems with your clear bag or the items inside, you will get it back to enter the stadium for the game.


What are the Prohibited Items that Fans Can’t Bring into the Miami Dolphins Venue?

What are the Prohibited Items that Fans Can’t Bring into the Miami Dolphins Venue

Fans coming to Hard Rock Stadium for a football game or concert should know that certain things can’t come into the arena with them. Some of those things the stadium security team won’t allow to enter through the gates are below. Visit the official A-Z guide of the team to get the full breakdown of all the prohibited items.


  • Aerosol cans
  • Alcohol
  • Animals not for ADA purposes
  • Glass bottles
  • Non-clear bags
  • Outside food and drinks. However, there are exceptions here if you need to bring food for medical reasons, like baby food. If you plan to bring that type of food, put it into a clear plastic bag.
  • Clear bags that exceed the size limit of 12” x 6” x 12”
  • Seat cushions
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Weapons of any kind


Is There a Locker or Bag Check Area at Hard Rock Stadium?

Is There a Locker or Bag Check Area at Hard Rock Stadium

If your bag can’t come into Hard Rock Stadium for any reason, don’t worry; there is a Guest Experience bag check area at the East and Southwest Pedestrian parking lot. The bag check goes for $15 in 2023 per bag. This area operates on a first come and first served basis, so plan to arrive at the football game two hours before kickoff to leave your bag in this area at the stadium. Using this bag check area works great for fans using a rideshare program to get to and from the venue who don’t have a car to leave their stuff in.


If you plan to partake in tailgating in the parking lots at Hard Rock Stadium, consider leaving those bags in your car before heading to the arena. The Miami Dolphin security team does not allow coolers and backpacks into the venue, so plan to put all of those back in your car before heading to the game.


Additional Helpful Links

Check out the Hard Rock Stadium Parking guide for more details.


Check out the Hard Rock Stadium Food Guide to see what you can get at the stadium on game day.

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