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Staples Center Bag Policy and Luggage Storage Guide

by George Mouratidis
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Searching for information about the Staples Center bag policy? Learn more about the items you can carry inside the “Sports and Entertainment Center of the World,” as well as luggage storage options around the Staples Center area.

About Staples Center

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Staples Center (or STAPLES Center, as it is officially called) is a 950,000 square feet (89,000 square meters) versatile arena in Downtown Los Angeles. It stands 150 feet (45 meters) tall and is located right next to the Los Angeles Convention Center complex. As of 2019, the arena seats about 19,000 basketball spectators, 18,000 hockey spectators and 20,000 people visiting for concerts or other events. There are also 10 luxury suites spread on three levels. 

The arena first opened its gates on October 17, 1999, and it’s home to several local NHL, NBA, WNBA and AFL teams. Some of the most famous tenants of the Staples Center include:

  • LA Lakers
  • LA Clippers
  • LA Kings (NHL)
  • LA Sparks (WNBA)

Fun fact: Staples Center is the only arena in the USA shared by two NBA teams, as well as one of two sports venues to host two teams from the same division. 

The arena hosts over 250 events per year, seeing an annual influx of about 4 million guests. Staples Center is the venue of the 17 of the last 19 Grammy Awards shows, as well as four WTA Tour Championships. Furthermore, the arena has been marked with the performances of some of the greatest artists of the last 150 years, such as Paul McCartney, Van Halen, Christina Aguilera, The Rolling Stones, Prince and countless others.

Staples Center Bag Policy

If you want to attend an event in Staples Center, you might want to think twice about bringing any kind of bag with you. Per the Staples Center and NBA policy, any bag larger than 14”x14”x6” (35x35x12cm) will be prohibited from entry into the arena. Exceptions can be made for guests with special medical needs or infant bags. 

Here is a list of other prohibited items:

  • Weapons of any type or kind.
  • Laser pointers, flashlights, handcuffs, fireworks, alcohol, drugs, and/or illegal substances.
  • Food and beverage purchased outside the arena.
  • Professional photography equipment.
  • Signs/flags/banners/posters larger than 11”x 17”, mobility devices and other oversized equipment.

Although pets and massagers are a pretty sensible no-go for a crowded venue, some of the restrictions can be quite limiting. For reference, a regular laptop backpack is about 17-18” (45-50cm) tall, so if you want to visit Staples Center without stopping at home, you might run into a bit of a problem. Unless you can fit all of your items inside a purse, you might want to explore the possibility of storing your luggage near Staples Center. 

WARNING: As you might have noticed, there is a slight discrepancy between the reported bag allowance inside the arena. The Staples Center FAQ section states that the limit is 14”x14”x6”. However, the guidelines for entry, suggest that 10”x10” is the maximum. In any case, it makes sense to eliminate the guesswork and store your luggage before entering Staples Center.

Luggage Storage near Staples Center

Staples Center has no luggage storage facilities available. Conventional wisdom dictates that you could entrust your belongings with a porter/bellman at one of the many nearby hotels. While it is true that a generous tip can get you a long way, you get absolutely no guarantees on the safety of your bag (especially since you are not a guest). 

If you are searching for luggage storage near Staples Center, Stasher might be the solution. Our network of partner hotels and businesses offers convenient, affordable and fully insured luggage storage near Staples Center and the city of Los Angeles. 

So, if you want to catch an event or a game at Staples Center and want to avoid the whole bag-related hassle, check out our nearby StashPoints. All of our locations have been vetted for security by a member of our team, to ensure absolute peace of mind.

Here are some of our most convenient luggage storage locations around Staples Center:

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Staples Center Transportation

Below you can find some more detailed information about how to access Staples Center via public transportation. 

Metro Bus

Lines 30, 81, 439, 442, 460 and the Silver Line connect Staples Center with the rest of LA. You can find your custom route by using the Metro Trip Planner or contact Metro at (323) GO METRO or (323) 466-3876.

DASH

DASH Bus Route F stops at Figueroa St., next to L.A. LIVE. For more information on DASH service, go to www.ladottransit.com.

Metrolink

Metrolink connects Los Angeles with the San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Orange, and North San Diego Counties. If you are planning on visiting on a weekend, they have $10 passes which include free connection to all Metro Bus and rail lines. Learn more at metrolinktrains.com.

AMTRAK

AMTRAK trains terminate their service at Union Station. From there, you can find a connection to all other public transportation. Connection tickets to Metro Rail are not included. Go to www.amtrak.com to learn more about train schedules and information.

Ride-Sharing Apps

There are designated areas (white zones) for drop-off and pick-up around the arena. 

  • On Chick Hearn Ct. (Eastbound) between L.A. Live Way and Georgia St.
  • On Figueroa St. (Southbound) between 12th St and Pico.

Staples Center has a handy parking lot map you can use to locate the relevant areas.

Luggage Storage in Los Angeles

Stasher offers lots of convenient options for affordable luggage storage in Los Angeles. Be sure to check them out!

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