19 Jul 19
The Mercury News
Keeping fans safe has always been a priority at concert venues in the San Francisco Bay Area, but the increase in gun violence across the U.S., and the 2017 mass shooting at Las Vegas’ Route 91 Harvest music festival in particular, have sent shudders through security personnel and ratcheted up security measures to unprecedented degrees.
These days, attending a concert is rather like flying out of SFO. You can keep your shoes on, but you’d best plan on arriving early, especially at venues such as Shoreline Amphitheatre, where the crowds are large and the lines long. And make sure you review security rules ahead of time — an increasing number of venues have instituted “clear bag” rules.
Here’s a look at what concertgoers can expect when visiting some of the top local venues. (Note: This story will be updated with more venues shortly.)
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SAP Center, San Jose
According to the SAP Center website, security at the San Jose venue includes walk-through metal detectors and bag inspections at every event. A new clear-bag policy at SAP Center specifies “bags must be clear and not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″ in dimension or be a small clutch purse — no larger than 5.0″ x 8.0″ to be allowed in.”
Bring a bag that does not meet the policy at you’ll have to check it at a cost of $5 per person.
Read more about SAP Center’s clear bag policy here.
Items allowed into the venue also include perfume and hand sanitizer, if they are in a small plastic container; no glass allowed.
Items not allowed into the venue include animals (with the exception of service animals, which are allowed to assist disabled guests). Also taboo: large backpacks, dufffle bags, coolers or any type of bag that does not meet the bag policy; cans, glass bottles or Thermos-type containers; weapons or ammunition; balloons, laser pens, masks, noisemakers such as air horns, selfie sticks, Go Pros and flowers or gifts for performing artists.
Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View
We’ve got a full rundown on things you need to know in our Shoreline Amphitheatre guide. In terms of security, plan on going through metal detectors and/or a physical pat-down, and all bags are subject to inspection, according to the venue website. There is no clear bag policy at Shoreline at this time, besides the restrictions below for food and drink.
Note that between traffic, security and the sheer logistics of getting so many people through so few gates, entrance to this venue is the most impacted, especially for sold-out shows. Plan on arriving as early as possible.
Items allowed into venue include average-size bags/backpacks (16″ x 16″ x 8″ max), cameras (non-professional only, no detachable lenses), food (in a clear, 1-gallon Ziplock bag), water (up to 1 gallon in size and factory sealed or empty), reuseable Water Bottle (refillable aluminum and plastic bottles are permitted), empty Camelbacks and non-aerosol sunscreen. Be aware that limitations are subject to change depending on the show.
Items not allowed into the venue include weapons of any kind, alcohol, illegal drugs/substances, glass containers, cans, audio recording equipment, hard-sided/large coolers, large or oversized bags/backpacks such as luggage, duffel bags, or industrial/camping-sized backpacks, laser pointers, animals (except service animals), fireworks, camping chairs or bag chairs, signs or banners (nothing larger than a standard 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper), umbrellas, iPads, Laptops, GoPros, selfie sticks, lawn chairs, strollers.
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara
Patrons entering this venue should be prepared to go through metal detectors and both people and possessions are subject to search.
There is a clear bag policy in effect at Levi’s. “Levi’s Stadium prohibits all bags, backpacks and other carriers from being brought into the stadium with the following exceptions: approved clear bags no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”. These include the following clear bags: clear backpacks, clear fanny packs, clear bags, clear purses, one-gallon clear plastic zip-lock type bags, small clutch bag (the size of an adult hand, 4.5” x 6.5”),” according to the venue website.
The stadium offers a complimentary bag check for items not meeting the requirements for admittance.
Items allowed into the venue include bags that comply with the bag policy; binoculars shorter than 6 inches (case prohibited); blankets; cameras with 3-inch lenses or shorter (no lights, tripods, selfie-sticks or monopods); diaper bags accompanying a child; flags smaller than 2’ x 3’ (no poles); plastic water bottles (factory sealed, no alcohol, less than 24 ounces); reusable transparent water bottles (no alcohol, less than 24 ounces); plastic water bottles (sealed); seat cushions; strollers (contact the nearest Playmaker if in need of storing); sunscreen and hand-powered misters; umbrellas that do not obstruct other fans’ views.
Items not allowed into the venue include aerosol cans; alcoholic beverages; backpacks; cameras with lenses over 3 inches (lights, tripods, selfie sticks and monopods are also prohibited); cans, glass bottles or alcoholic beverages; drugs and drug paraphernalia, marijuana and marijuana products; coolers (including soft-sided coolers); glow sticks, light-up costumes, light-up signs, battery packs; hoods, masks or other objects to cover one’s face (medical and religious articles exempt); klaxons, bullhorns, whistles or other noisemakers; laptops and laptop bags; laser pointers of any type; offensive clothing; plastic bottles larger than 24 ounces; projectiles (footballs, Frisbees, etc.); selfie sticks; signs, banners or poles; UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles); weapons of any kind (including silverware).
Concord Pavilion, Concord
We’ve got a full rundown on everything you need to know in our Concord Pavilion Guide, but from the security perspective, expect to go through metal detectors and/or a physical pat-down. All bags are subject to inspection, according to the venue website.
There is no clear-bag policy at this time (besides what is listed below for food).
Items allowed into the venue include small purses, backpacks; small (6-pack size) soft-sided coolers (must fit through a 12.5-inch circle); picnic food in clear 1-gallon size bag; factory-sealed plastic bottles of 1 liter or less in size (nonalcoholic only); cameras are allowed unless the artist specifically prohibits them (no professional, no detachable lenses); low-profile beach chairs (legs can be no higher than 9 inches); small umbrellas or parasols; ponchos, rain coats; hats; seat cushions; small blankets.
Items not allowed into the venue include no large bags (if it doesn’t fit through a 12.5-inch circle, it’s too large); no coolers or ice chests with hard sides or wheels; no large picnic baskets; no video or audio recording devices (unless specifically allowed by the artist); no alcoholic beverages; no cans or glass bottles; no professional cameras (nothing with detachable lenses); no iPads, large tablets or laptops; no selfie sticks; no drugs and drug paraphernalia; no drones, remote control aircraft, remote control toys/cars; no balloons, flags or banners; no radios, TVs; no animals (with the exception of service animals); no laser pointers; no sharp or dangerous items (such as weapons, knives, spikes on jewelry, wallet chains, fireworks, mace, etc); no camping chairs (other than the low beach chairs above).
Oracle Arena, Oakland
Concertgoers entering the venue should be prepared to go through metal detectors. All persons and items are subject to search. There is no clear bag policy at this time.
Items allowed into the venue include bags smaller than 14″x14″x6″; tablet computers; empty soft-plastic bottles; still cameras with lenses shorter than 3 inches and camera cases (camera policy may vary by event); medical supplies; binoculars and binocular cases.
Items not allowed into the venue include weapons of any kind; bags larger than 14″x14″x6″; backpacks; bats and clubs; outside food or beverages; hard-sided containers; Thermoses; aerosol cans; selfie sticks; tripods, drones, frisbees, projectiles (including inflatable balls, footballs, etc); strollers and a long list of other items listed on the venue website.
Frost Amphitheater, Stanford
There is a clear bag policy at Frost, allowing clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12″x12″x6″, one-gallon clear plastic bags (zip-style bag or similar), small clutch bags no larger than 4.5″x6.5″ with or without handle or strap.
Items allowed into the venue include bags that meet policy; stadium seats with no legs, cushions, blankets the size of a beach towel (no larger than 40″x60″); empty, non-metal reusable water bottles (20 ounces or less); bagged snacks; pre-sliced fruit and vegetables (no knives allowed); unopened plastic water bottles that hold 20 ounces or less. Note: “Some shows may require decanting all water into cups upon entry. At some shows the artist may request that no bottles be allowed into the venue,” according to venue website.
Items not allowed into the venue include weapons of any kind; alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs; pepper spray; animals (except service animals); balls, Frisbees or whole fruit or other potential projectiles; bicycles or skateboards; cameras with detachable lenses; cans or glass; chairs with legs; horns and other artificial noisemakers; hula hoops; laser pointers.
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco
People entering this venue should be prepared to go through metal detectors. People and possessions are all subject to search.
There is no clear bag policy at this time.
Items allowed into the venue include factory-sealed water bottles; personal food items; empty Camelbak; empty refillable water bottle; personal sized bags, purses and backpacks; personal cameras; totems (no taller than 6 feet and no thicker than 1/2 inch; made of light material such as swim noodles, foam, cardboard tube, fabric, yarn, light plastic, balloons, inflatables), according to the venue website.
Items not allowed into the venue include objects that can be used as projectiles, such as glow sticks and Poi Balls; illegal substances; alcohol; posters or signs larger than 8.5″x11″; wallet chains or spikes; professional video or audio-recording equipment, including GoPros; weapons of any kind; professional still cameras with detachable lens; selfie sticks or handles; tablets and iPads; glass bottles, containers or cans; fireworks; balloons; laser pointers; large banners or posters; skateboards, scooters or personal motorized vehicles; strollers; pets (with the exception of service animals); drones; coolers; umbrellas; or stickers.