Toyota Center Bag Policy

Last updated on November 14th, 2023 at 10:18 am

Toyota Center Bag Policy

Toyota Center is home to the Houston Rockets NBA team at 1510 Polk St, Houston, Texas 77002. The Toyota Center bag policy allows fans to bring in single-compartment bags that don’t exceed 14″ x 14″ x 6″ into the venue. Fans who bring in bags smaller than 5″ x 8.5″ will go through an expedited bag inspection at the gate. Also, while there is no clear bag policy rule for 2023, the stadium security staff encourages fans to bring those bags to help expedite the bag check process at the gate.


Here is the complete Toyota Center bag policy for your next 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

While fans can bring non-clear bags into Toyota Center, more and more places are adopting the clear bag policy rule each year. Therefore, a clear bag not only gets you into more NBA venues but also expediates your review of your bag at the gate, which means you get into the arena faster. Below are the bags that can come into Toyota Center with fans.


  • A single-compartment bag that does not exceed 14″ x 14″ x 6″
  • A clear one-gallon ziplock bag
  • Any ADA-specific bag
  • Medical bags and Diaper bags
  • A clear fanny pack
  • Small clutches and similar types of bags


My Clear Bag Recommendation + Experience

The Bag I Recommend

I like to bring my clear fanny pack to venues for a few reasons.


  • The bag is clear, which makes the review process quick at the gate by the security team
  • My clear fanny pack is 11″ x 6.5″ x 5.9″ so it is below the size limit
  • The bag itself has two compartments, which I prefer since I put my recording equipment into a different compartment 
  • I find that the clear fanny pack isn’t bulky, which is importance since I will be wearing it as I walk around the venue


Below is a video of me going into more detail about this type of bag



Buy a clear single-compartment bag for your next Houston Rockets game!

How Does the Toyota Center Security Team Review Bags?

How Does the Toyota Center Security Team Review Bags

Fans coming to Toyota Center for a game or concert will go through a metal detector screening at the gate before scanning their ticket. Fans with a bag will go through a bag inspection check at the gate. The bag inspection includes reviewing the size of the bag and the content inside to ensure it can enter the stadium. Assuming no issues with your bag, you will get it back to enter the stadium for your event.


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

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

Fans attending an event at Toyota Center should be aware that certain items can’t come into the arena with them. Some things the security team won’t allow inside the stadium are below. Be sure to visit the complete A-Z guide of Toyota Center to get the most up-to-date prohibited items list.


  • Bags larger than 14” x 14” x 6”
  • Non-approved bags. For example, backpacks, coolers, and luggage can’t come into the arena
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Outside food and drink
  • Laptops
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Beach balls
  • Selfie sticks
  • Laser pointers
  • Non-service Animals
  • Fireworks


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

If your bag can’t come into Toyota Center with you, you must bring it back to your car and leave it there. From there, you’ll need to get back in line for another metal detector screening before scanning your ticket. If you have a backpack with you, consider leaving that in your car before heading to the arena.


If you don’t have a car to leave your bag in, see if a nearby hotel or bar can watch your stuff. Plenty of bars and hotels in the Central Business District Area of Houston are within walking distance of the Houston Rockets arena for you to see if they can watch your bag. Most places, in general, charge a bag holding fee, so expect to pay around $10 per bag for these places to hold onto your stuff.


Additional Helpful Links

Visit the Toyota Center parking guide for more information.


Visit the Toyota Center Food Guide to see what you can eat at the arena for your next event. 

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