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Capital One Arena Security Policy

All patrons are subject to search prior to entry at Capital One Arena. Capital One Arena utilizes walk-through metal detectors for all events.   

Only bags that are smaller than 13 inches long, 9.5 inches tall and 6 inches wide are permitted at Capital One Arena and all bags will be searched upon entering the arena. Capital One Arena reserves the right to refuse items which may cause a danger or disruption to the event or to other guests, or which are in breach of building policies and/or the list of prohibited items. Any guest who declines to be searched or is in possession of prohibited items may be denied entry or ejected from the facility. Please also reference the Capital One Arena  code of conduct.

Capital One Arena consults with local law enforcement agencies on a continual basis. Some of the security measures in place will be apparent to patrons and some will remain unseen and undisclosed.

In order to promote, protect and safeguard the health, safety and welfare of all guests, patrons and visitors to Capital One Arena, the 7th Street NW quick-service restaurants shall open no earlier than 6:00 a.m. and shall close no later than 11:59 p.m., seven days a week.


All media and others with access to restricted areas will be required to produce a photo ID and all bags and equipment will be subject to inspection.

All media must enter through the Press Entrance located at 6th Street NW near the Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille. If parking in the Capital One Arena garage, members of the media should exit the building through the elevators in the middle of the garage and enter through the Press Entrance.


Fans and patrons are not allowed to bring in outside food and beverages (including alcoholic beverages) for any games, concerts or events. Guests may bring in one empty water bottle per person for their personal use. Guests with special dietary restrictions may contact the Guest Relations department at prior to their visit for assistance.


For Capitals, Mystics, Valor, Wizards and Georgetown games: Guests are allowed to bring in point and shoot and SLR type cameras. Video recording is strictly prohibited and video cameras, camcorders, Go Pros and Contour cameras are not allowed. Monopods, tripods and selfie sticks are also not allowed at Capital One Arena.

For concerts and other events: The camera policy for each event is determined by the event and is subject to change. Please contact Capital One Arena at 202-628-3200 ext.0 or check the event page on the website to learn what the camera policy is for your specific event. SLR type cameras, cameras with detachable lenses, professional style cameras or video cameras are not allowed for concerts. Video recording is strictly prohibited and video cameras, camcorders, Go Pros and Contour cameras are not allowed. Monopods, tripods and selfie sticks are also NOT allowed at Capital One Arena.