State Farm Arena Bag Policy

State Farm Arena Bag Policy

State Farm Arena is the NBA venue of the Atlanta Hawks and the WNBA venue of the Atlanta Dreams at 1 State Farm Dr, Atlanta, GA 30303. The bag policy at State Farm Arena for a basketball game or concert is that single-compartment drawstring bags that don’t exceed 14″ x 14″ x 6″ can enter the facility. Small purses and similar types of bags can also enter the facility for an event.


Here is the entire State Farm Arena bag policy breakdown for your next Atlanta Hawks basketball game and more.


How Does State Farm Arena Review Your Bag?

How Does State Farm Arena Review Your Bag

Spectators coming to State Farm Arena for a basketball game or event will go through a metal detector before entering the facility. If a fan has a bag with them, then the security staff at the entrance will inspect that item individually. During the inspection, the security staff will review if the bag fits their single-compartment policy, does not exceed the size limit, and has no prohibited items inside. You can enter the facility with that bag if everything checks out during the inspection.


Are you interested in taking a bag to State Farm Arena for a basketball game or another event? Consider purchasing a clear single-compartment, then! More and more venues are moving towards a clear-single-compartment policy, so think about getting this item now for the future. Below are other types of bags that enter the facility for an event.


  • Any clear single-compartment bag that is no larger than 14″ x 14″ x 6″
  • A small purse
  • A diaper bag. If the diaper bag appears to look like a backpack, there can be exceptions made here at the gate
  • Small clutch bag
  • Medical bags
    Any ADA-compliant bags


What Items Can’t You Bring into State Farm Arena?

What Items Can't You Bring into State Farm Arena

If you are going to State Farm Arena for a game or event, it is in your best interest to review the prohibited items list ahead of time. Below are some more common items the security staff won’t allow to enter the arena. Here is the official prohibited items list from the Atlanta Hawks to see everything in more detail.


  • Aerosol cans
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Hard-sided bags
  • Bags that exceed 14″ x 14″ x 6″
  • Fireworks
  • Laser pointers
  • ipads
  • Flags
  • Any outside food or beverage. (As a note, there are exceptions made for this at the gate when a family needs to bring in something specific for a child or a medical reason)


What Should You Do If Your Bag Is Too Big to Enter State Farm Arena?

If you bring a bag that can’t enter the Atlanta Hawks venue for any reason, there is a bag valet section at Gate 2. The bag valet section at gate 2 opens two hours before every game and event and stays open about an hour after the event. As a note, this section can sell out, especially for a big game or event, so plan to arrive early to the arena if you think your bag can’t enter the facility.


If the bag valet section no longer has space to drop off your bag, consider seeing if a nearby hotel will hold onto your belongings. Since the venue is in downtown Atlanta, numerous hotels are nearby. Most hotels tend to watch your items for a small fee, but space does come on a first-come and first-served basis. Also, it is worth noting that the Atlanta Hawks are not affiliated with using a hotel to watch your stuff, so you assume the risk of using a hotel to protect your property.


Parking Tips and Food Guide for an Atlanta Hawks Game

Fans driving to the venue for an NBA or WNBA can secure a parking spot using SpotHero. SpotHero has multiple parking lots that surround State Farm Arena to choose from. Check out the State Farm Arena Parking guide to learn more.


As a note, fans can’t bring outside food or drinks into the basketball arena for any event. However, exceptions can occur at the gate if you need to bring in something for a little kid or medical reasons.