Target Center Bag Policy

Target Center Bag Policy

Target Center is home to the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA team and Minnesota Lynx WNBA team at 600 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403. The Target Center bag policy allows fans to bring bags that don’t exceed 5″ x 9″ into the arena. The type of bags that tend to fit that size description are small wristlets, wallets, and clutches. Fans can also bring diaper bags and medical bags larger than 5″ x 9″ into the arena. Otherwise, the size limit on approved bags is heavily enforced at the gate.


The complete Target Center bag policy for your next game or event is here.


How Does the Target Center Bag Security Staff Review Bags?

How Does the Target Center Bag Security Staff Review Bags

Fans arriving at Target Center for a game or concert will go through a metal detector screening at the gate. Fans with a bag will pass through an additional security check at the entrance to have the security team inspect their bag. The bag inspection includes reviewing the bag size and the content inside of it. Assuming zero issues with your bag and the items inside, you will get it back to enter the arena.


Below are the types of bags fans can bring into Target Center.


  • Small wristlets that don’t exceed 5″ x 9″
  • Small wallets
  • Clutch bags/purses 
  • Medical bags/diaper bags
  • Purses smaller than 5″ x 9″
  • A clear single-compartment bag that does not exceed 5″ x 9″
  • ADA specific bags


What are the Prohibited Items that Fans Can’t Bring into Target Center?

What are the Prohibited Items that Fans Can't Bring into Target Center

Fans heading to Target Center for a basketball game or concert should know that certain items can’t go inside the arena with them. Some things the security team won’t allow inside the stadium are below. Visit the FAQ section on the official website for the most up-to-date information on prohibited items.


  • Bags larger than 5″ x 9″. However, the exception to this rule is medical bags and diaper bags can be larger than 5″ x 9″
  • Aerosol cans
  • Noisemakers
  • Backpacks
  • Basketballs
  • Camera cases
  • Coolers
  • Laptops
  • Drones
  • Fireworks
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Outside food and drink. However, small snacks for kids and juice boxes are ok to bring into the venue. The same goes for medical food, dietary-specific food, and anything similar to that.
  • Animals not for ADA purposes
  • Tripods
  • Umbrellas
  • Whistles


Is There a Bag Check or Locker Storage Area at Target Center for Fans to Use?

There is no official bag check area at Target Center for fans to use if their bag can’t enter the venue with them. If you can’t bring your bag into the arena, you must return it to your car and leave it there. Due to the strict bag policy rule at the venue, you should plan to leave any backpack or bag larger than 5″ x 9″ in your car before heading to get in line for the event.


If you are coming from work and don’t have a car to leave your stuff in, see if a nearby hotel or bar can watch your property. There are numerous places all within walking distance of the basketball arena that you can visit before a game to see if they can monitor your stuff. Most sites charge a bag-holding fee if they have the space to hold onto your bag while you are at the game.


Parking and Food Information for a Minnesota Timberwolves or Minnesota Lynx Match

Fans driving to Target Center for a Timberwolves game or concert can save money on a parking spot with SpotHero. SpotHero has plenty of parking lots, all within walking distance of the NBA/WNBA arena to choose from. Visit the Target Center Parking guide for more information.


Fans can’t bring any outside food or drinks into the venue. However, the exception to this rule is if you need to bring in kids’ snacks or medical-type food. Otherwise, all other types of food and drinks can’t come into the arena.


Visit the Target Center Food Guide to see what you can eat at the stadium. However, some of the Food choices in that guide might differ for your next Target Center event. That is because the food and drink options slightly change throughout the season.