Staples Center Visitor Guide: Everything you need to know

17 March, 2021by Bounce

This arena burst into the international spotlight in 1999 when it hosted its first concert featuring Bruce Springsteen. It is both a world-class sports and entertainment center, and its position in downtown Los Angeles allows access to much that the city has to offer.

On average, it hosts two hundred and fifty events per year ranging from concerts to sporting events, and award shows, to family shows. This sees an annual footfall of over four million people per year. 

It is called home by the NBA Lakers and the NBA Clippers as well as the NHL Kings and the WNBA Sparks. In addition, it has hosted mega-events such as the Grammys and World Heavyweight Boxing Championships.

Staples Center bag policy


On any visit to Staples Center, you will not be allowed to carry a bag larger than 14 x 14 x 6 inches.  This includes camera bags, backpacks, and clear see-through bags. If you are traveling with luggage, this risks putting a serious damper on your visit to the center.

The easiest way to avoid being inconvenienced by your baggage is to stow it in a nearby baggage storage facility. Fortunately, within an easy walking distance, there are many of these facilities available. The easiest ones to use offer an online booking facility. Once you have stowed your bags safely in a luggage locker near the Staples Center, you are free to enjoy the remainder of your visit unencumbered.

Staples Center food policy


You are not able to enter the arena with outside food or beverages. The one exception to this rule is plastic water bottles of one liter or less. On both the main and upper floors, you will have a wide array of food options to choose from. These range from simple takeaway options, right through to fine outdoor dining which can be combined with stunning views of the city.

Don’t worry if you are a vegan or vegetarian. You will be perfectly well catered for with a broad range of choices. Likewise, there are both Kosher and gluten-free food choices to consider.

Staples Center camera policy


There are some quite unusual camera policies you need to be aware of. You are welcome to take photographs, but if you are carrying a camera bag it must fall within the prescribed 14 x 14 x 6 inch policy. This includes clear camera bags.

An important factor to consider is that you will not be allowed interchangeable lenses or flash photography. There is a strict no video or sound recording policy. Some shows have camera policies that are different from these, so you should check before your visit. If in doubt, the safest policy may be to leave your bags at a luggage locker near Staples Center before you visit.

Staples Center rules


  • If you go out of the arena you cannot re-enter. 

  • You may be subject to metal detector screening and security personnel on-site will ask to check your bags. Arrive early to allow for this.  

  • Smoking of cigarettes and e-cigarettes is banned, though there is provision made for smokers on the City View terrace.

  • No weapons are allowed into the arena. This applies to licensed firearms and police officers visiting in an unofficial capacity. There are also no secure lockers at which to leave your firearm.


Staples Center access


The downtown location means that the center is easily accessible using public transport. It is just a few blocks away from both the Red and Blue Lines. The center can be reached from several major freeways, but if you choose to go by car to a big event, allow time to get through the traffic.

There are several parking facilities within walking distance. In addition, the center has catered to motorists by providing drop-off points where passengers can disembark, leaving the driver to park the car.

Staples Center lockers


Clearly, with such a definite bag policy, it is a good idea to stow your baggage if you have any. There are dozens of luggage storage facilities near the Staples Center so this won’t be a problem. 

Something you may want to consider when it comes to choosing a storage facility is online booking. Dragging your luggage to a storage depot, only to discover that it is already full could quickly become disheartening. Look for a company that offers insurance and the possibility of free cancellation. Also, a depot that is open twenty-four hours a day might be important.

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