Nationals Park Bag Policy

Nationals Park Bag Policy

Nationals Park is the MLB home of the Washington Nationals at 1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003. The bag policy at Nationals Park is that the bag needs to be a clear and plastic bag that does not exceed 16” x 16” x 8”. That includes clear tote bags, gallon-sided zip lock bags, freezer bags, and any other see-through bag. Along with that, fans can bring in a small clutch bag that does not exceed 5” x 7.75” is acceptable inside the ballpark.


Here is the Nationals Park bag policy for your next baseball game or event.


How Does Nationals Park Review Your Bag?

How Does Nationals Park Review Your Bag

Any fan entering Nationals Park for a baseball game or other event will go through a metal detector. If you have a bag, the security team will review it to ensure it complies with their bag policy. The security team will also inspect the items inside to ensure they are not on the list of prohibited items. If there are any issues with your bag, you can rent a locker to store your stuff at the stadium.


Here are some approved bags to bring into the MLB ballpark that comply with the Nationals’ Park bag policy. Buy a clear bag for your next stadium visit!


  • A clear bag not exceeding the size of 16” x 16” x 8”
  • A small purse / small clutches
  • An ADA-approved bag
  • A medical bag
  • A diaper bag


What Items Can’t You Bring into Nationals Park?

What Items Can’t You Bring into Nationals Park

There is an extensive list of items you can’t bring into Nationals Park for a baseball game or other event. Below are some of the most common things the stadium security staff won’t allow you to bring into the venue. However, fans should visit the official policy guide before their next game to ensure the rules don’t change.


  • Soft-sided coolers / hard-sided coolers
  • Drawstring bags (ones that are not clear)
  • Computer bags
  • Backpacks
  • Camera Bags
  • Metal or glassware
  • Animals not for ADA reasons
  • Drones
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Skateboards
  • Brooms


What Should You Do If Your Bag Is Too Big to Enter National Park?

If your bag is too big to enter Nationals Park or you have items inside it that can’t enter the stadium, there are lockers for you to put your belongings inside. The lockers at the stadium are at the Home Plate Gate and Right Field Gate. Nationals fans will need to download the Binbox app to get access to these lockers.


If the lockers at the stadium are sold out, especially for big games like an opening day or a playoff match, you can see if any nearby bars or hotels will hold onto your belongings. Most bars and hotels charge a small fee to hold onto your stuff while you are at the baseball stadium.


When I went to Nationals Park in 2019, I got a nearby hotel to hold onto my stuff without any issues. They tagged my bag and put it into a storage area for a few dollars.


Parking Tips and Food Guide for the Washington Nationals?

To save money on parking at Nats Park, consider using the SpotHero listing above. SpotHero has parking lot options for fans that are a short walk to Nationals Park. Check out the Nationals Park parking guide to learn more.


Fans can bring outside food into the venue if it is for individual consumption and fits into the bag policy guidelines. Check out the Nationals Park food guide to see what you can get at the stadium.


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