United Center Bag Policy

United Center Bag Policy

United Center is home to the Chicago Bulls NBA team and Chicago Blackhawks NHL team at 1901 W Madison St, Chicago, Illinois 60612. The United Center Bag Policy allows fans to bring bags that don’t exceed 10″ x 6″ x 2″ in size. That means small purses and personal bags can enter the venue. However, traditional backpacks can’t come into the arena with fans.


Here is the complete United Center Bag Policy guide for your next sporting event or concert.


How Does the United Center Security Staff Review Bags?

How Does the United Center Security Staff Review Bags

Fans coming to United Center for a game or concert will undergo a metal detector screening before entering the facility. Fans with a bag will have the United Center staff inspect it. The bag inspection includes reviewing the size of the bag and the content inside of it. Assuming there are no issues with your bag, you will get it back to enter the stadium for your event.


Buy a clear single-compartment bag for your next event at United Center! While United Center does not have a clear bag-only policy in 2023, more and more venues are adopting that policy. Therefore, getting a clear bag is in your best interest if the rules change in the future. Below are the approved United Center bag policy bags that can enter the venue for a game or concert.


  • A single-compartment bag that does not exceed 10″ x 6″ x 2″
  • A clear fanny pack
  • Traditional fanny pack
  • Any ADA-specific bag
  • Medical bags and Diaper bags
  • Small clutches and similar types of bags


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

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

Fans heading to United Center for a Blackhawks game or another event should know that certain things can’t enter the venue. Below are some items the stadium security staff won’t allow fans to bring into the arena. Visit the FAQ section of unitedcenter.com for the complete list of prohibited items.


  • Bags larger than 10″ x 6″ x 2″. However, there are exceptions to this bag size rule. For example, fans can bring medical, diaper, or ADA-specific bags into the arena if they exceed that size. Although, the stadium security staff encourages you to bring bags that are within that size limit.
  • Air horns
  • Animals not for ADA purposes
  • Backpacks
  • Briefcases
  • Fireworks
  • iPads
  • Laptops
  • Outside food and drinks
  • Selfie sticks
  • Weapons of any kind


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

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

There is a bag check area to store bags if they can’t enter the arena. The bag check is at the United Center Parking Lot J between Wood St and Monroe St. Bag check rentals come on a first come and first served basis, so plan to arrive 1-2 hours before your event to check your bag in before spaces fill up.


If you drive to the game and realize your bag can’t enter the arena, you can always leave them in your car before heading to the stadium. Traditional backpacks can’t come into the stadium with fans, so plan to leave that in your car so you don’t have to pay to check your bag at Lot J.


Finally, if you are taking public transportation to the arena, see if a nearby hotel or bar can watch your bag (or laptop) if you know it can’t come into the stadium. Most places charge a small fee to hold onto bags while fans are at the stadium for their event. Most likely, the bag check area won’t be sold out, but you can find a cheaper one at a hotel or bar if you want to save some money.


Parking and Food Info for a Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls Game

Fans driving to United Center for a game or concert can save money on parking with SpotHero. SpotHero has plenty of parking garages and more within walking distance of the venue. Visit the United Center Parking guide for more information.


Fans can’t bring outside food or drinks for a United Center event. Visit the United Center Food Guide to see the concession stands at the venue. Also, the food options slightly change throughout the season, so you might see different food options when visiting.