Verizon Center Security Policy

Fans are encouraged to arrive early as Verizon Center has instituted a standard security policy for all events at the arena.

Verizon Center will begin utilizing walk-through metal detectors at arena entrances for all Capitals, Mystics and Wizards games this season. The use of the new walk-through style metal detectors is designed to improve and speed up the entry process for fans and will replace the hand-held devices that had been used in prior years. The first Verizon Center event to utilize the walk-through metal detectors is the Tuesday, Sept. 8 Mystics game against the Fever. Eventually the walk-through metal detectors, similar to those used at airports or government office buildings, will be used for all arena events. 

All bags, briefcases, book bags or items similar in nature will be searched as patrons enter the arena. Each patron attending events will be allowed one personal item that falls within the following size constraints: no longer than 13 inches, taller than nine and a half inches and wider than six inches. Items that do not fit within these size limitations may not be allowed in the arena at the discretion of security personnel..

Verizon Center 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 Verizon Center, 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 subjected to inspection.
  • All media must enter through the Press Entrance located at 6th and G Streets NW. If parking in the Verizon Center garage, members of the media should exit the building through the elevators in the middle of the garage and enter through the Press Entrance.

Food & Beverage Policy:

Fans and patrons are not allowed to bring in outside food and beverages for any games, concerts or events.

Camera Policy:

Handheld cameras are allowed for basketball and hockey games.Special events, concerts, and family shows each have their own camera policy that is decided prior to the event. Video cameras and camcorders are not allowed for any concerts or special events.


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