SAP Center’s new clear bag policy: What you need to know

You know that old, reliable canvas tote bag that you’ve been bringing to the Shark Tank for years? Well, best to leave it at home on your next trip to the venue.

Following the national trend, SAP Center at San Jose ha announced it will implement a clear bag policy at all events beginning July 1.

Yes, that includes all San Jose Sharks games, as well as San Jose Barracuda dates.

The first event to operate under the new policy is the Paul McCartney show on July 10.

“The Clear Bag policy will not only enhance security at SAP Center, but also expedite the process of getting fans into the building,” said Jonathan Becher, president of Sharks Sports & Entertainment.  “We know there will be a period of adjustment for fans who have regularly attended SAP Center events for many years and who are accustomed to carrying the same bag at events. To make the transition easier, we’ve gotten feedback from other buildings who have already made the transition and have already tested the new policy for some of our events.”

Other Bay Area venues to adopt a clear bag policy include Levi’s Stadium and Stanford
Stadium.

SAP got to do a test run of the policy when Ariana Grande visited the venue in early May with her Sweetener World Tour,  which requires that a clear bag policy be in effect at all tour stops.

Here’s what you need to know about the new clear bag policy:

— Bags must be clear and no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”.

— Clutches with wrist/shoulder straps will be permitted if they are not bigger than 5” x 8″.

— All bags are still subject to be screened and searched by security.

— Non-compliant bags can be checked at the SAP Center for $5 handling fee.

— Metal detectors will remain in place

SAP Center’s clear bag policy (courtesy SAP Center).

Sharks365 members will receive a complimentary clear bag prior to start of 2019-20 season.

For more information on the policy, visit http://www.sapcenter.com/guestservices/arena-faqs.