Prudential Center Bag Policy

Prudential Center Bag Policy

Prudential Center (the Rock) is home to the NHL New Jersey Devils and the NCAA Seton Hall Pirates team at 25 Lafayette St, Newark, NJ 07102. The Prudential Center bag policy allows fans to bring bags into the venue if they don’t exceed 12″ x 14″. However, fans can’t bring backpacks into the venue. 


Here is the complete Prudential Center bag policy guideline for your next event.


How Does the Prudential Center Security Staff Review Bags?

How Does the Prudential Center Security Staff Review Bags

Fans coming to Prudential Center for a game or concert will undergo a metal detector screening at the gate. Fans with a bag will undergo an additional metal detector and screening process at the entrance. The security screening team will review the size of the bag and the content inside of it. If the bag is not a backpack, is no larger than 12″ x 14″, and does not contain prohibited items, you will be all set to bring it into the game.


Buy a clear single-compartment bag for your next New Jersey Devils hockey game! While the Pru does not require bags in 2023 to be clear, more and more venues are now moving towards that policy. Therefore, getting a clear bag today sets you up for when or if that change occurs. Below are the types of bags that can come into the venue.


  • A clear fanny pack
  • A clear single-compartment bag that does not exceed 12″ x 14″
  • Medical bags/ADA-specific bags / Diaper bags / Childcare bags
  • Single-compartment bags, like drawstring bags that don’t exceed 12″ x 14
  • Small purses


What are the Prohibited Items that Fans Can’t Bring into the New Jersey Devils’ Venue?

Fans heading to a New Jersey Devils home game must know that certain items can’t come into the venue with them. Some things the stadium staff won’t allow to enter the venue are below. Visit the official arena policy guide of Prudential Center to get the most up-to-date prohibited items list.


  • Weapons of any kind
  • Backpacks and similar types of bags
  • Aerosol cans
  • Animals not for ADA reasons
  • Audio/video equipment
  • Bags that exceed the size of 12″ x 14″
  • Glassware
  • Coolers
  • Hard-sided bags
  • Outside food and drinks
  • Selfie sticks
  • Skateboards


Is There a Bag Check or Locker Storage Area at Prudential Center?

Is There a Bag Check or Locker Storage Area at Prudential Center

There is a bag check at Prudential Center for fans to use if their bag can’t enter the arena with them. The bag check lockers are at the M&M’s Tower and Lafayette Street Entrances. As a note, there is a limited amount of space in these areas for bags, so plan to arrive two hours before your event to get one of these spaces for your bag.


If you drive to Prudential Center and realize you can’t bring your bag into the arena, you can always leave it in your car.


Finally, if you took the train into Newark Penn Station from NYC and can’t get a locker at the venue to put your bag in, you can see if a nearby hotel or bar can watch your bag. Most nearby hotels and bars charge a small fee to hold onto bags for fans while at the game.


Parking and Food Information for Your Next New Jersey Devils Game

If you are driving out to the NJ Devils’ venue for a game or concert, consider booking your parking space ahead of time with SpotHero. SpotHero has plenty of affordable parking options throughout Newark, NJ, within walking distance of Prudential Center. Visit the Prudential Center parking guide for more details.


Fans can’t bring outside food or drinks into the Newark hockey arena. Visit the Prudential Center Food Guide to see the concession stands inside the venue.