January 9

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The Perfect Match: Finding the Right Bag to Bring to the SAP Center in San Jose, California

I can't control what people say or anything like that. I have to focus on what I can control and that's what I'm going to do.

Patrick Marleau, #12 Centre/Left Wing for the San Jose Sharks

Are you a first-time sports fan with no idea what to bring to the SAP Center? You'll need something to carry essential items. But don't just grab any bag – it's time for you to up your game and find the perfect match: The handbag that gives that certain je ne sais quoi of style and trendiness in addition to being practical for a night out cheering at an exciting sporting event. But have you found the perfect bag yet? Not just any old handbag will do when it comes to these events: jetting off with a designer clutch is out of place in this arena, while squishing all your must-haves into tiny pockets defeats the purpose. Every sports venue demands its arm candy – and the SAP center is a bit peculiar. I think I've found that ideal match today! So take a deep breath (because if we know anything about sports fans, there will be plenty of screaming!)…you got this!

You've got your ticket, comfortable shoes, and even an awesome jersey. But finding the right bag to bring to SAP Center can make any first-time fanatic feels like anything but a Queen Bee! I thought I was good at bringing my mini black embroidered backpack, but apparently, the SAP center has a strict bag policy. My mini backpack was TOO BIG. I ended up throwing some tampons and a lip balm into my pocket.

ALLEZ ELIZABETH - QUOTE - The Perfect Match Finding the Right Bag to Bring to the SAP Center in San Jose, California - Patrick Marleau
I can't control what people say or anything like that. I have to focus on what I can control and that's what I'm going to do. – Patrick Marleau

How to Choose the Right Bag Specifically for the SAP Center

When attending a sporting event, it's important to have the right bag to carry all your belongings. You don't want to show up to the game with a small, flimsy bag that won't be able to hold everything you need. Conversely, you don't want to bring a huge, heavy bag that will be cumbersome to carry and will slow you down. Well, the SAP Center pretty much makes that decision for you.

SAP Center Bag Policy

If you plan on bringing a bag or purse, it must be no bigger than 5″ x 9″ x 2″. It doesn't matter if it's clear or not. At least, that's what the guards shouted at us while we stood in line outside.

Medical and baby bags will pass through an X-ray machine. If your belongings exceed these standards, Binbox lockers are available for rent. Binbox lockers are located at South Doors on Barack Obama Boulevard and North Doors in Sharks Alley. 

A non-refundable charge of $10 per checked item applies; we accept cashless payments such as debit/credit cards and mobile payment options (Apple Pay/Google Pay). Bag check opens 45 minutes before stadium doors open and close one hour after the game has ended. Bags not picked up by this time will be returned to 24Hr Security.

ALLEZ ELIZABETH - SAP CENTER BAG POLICY
They are NOT playing with us.

I found this one which fits the profile perfectly:

Esmora Clear Bags, Clear Bag Stadium Approved for Concerts, Festivals with Small Key Purse, Clear Purse

Dimensions:  7″L x 4″H x 2″W

ALLEZ ELIZABETH - ESMORA CLEAR BAGS, CLEAR BAG STADIUM APPROVED FOR CONCERTS, FESTIVALS WITH SMALL KEY PURSE, CLEAR PURSE
A cute crossbody that is SAP Center approved!

Here's what you can fit in this little clear crossbody bag

ALLEZ ELIZABETH - CLEAR STADIUM BAG SIDE B
Hand sanitizer, small pill box, two tampons, mini deodorant, hair tie, and tissues.
ALLEZ ELIZABETH - CLEAR STADIUM BAG SIDE A
Lip balm, mini lotion, breath drops, eye drops, key holder, and a pen.
ALLEZ ELIZABETH - CLEAR STADIUM BAG INSIDE OPENED
You can see the rest of the items: a thin wallet and a Shout wipe.

Why no phone, Elizabeth? Well, I can put it in my pocket or hold it. I tried it with the cell phone inside, and it fit with fewer items. I currently have an iPhone 14 Pro Max with a Magsafe Leather Case. It wasn't snug at all. You don't have to bring everything I've put here, but it's just to give you an idea of what you can put in this clear crossbody bag.

One thing I would change about this bag is the strap. It's strong but thin. You can't carry heavy things, so it should be fine. The rainy weather is slamming us in California, and I have been using this bag as my day-to-day bag just because I don't have to worry about it getting wet. The plastic is sturdy and has no give, but it didn't feel like it would pop in. It's also easy for security to look at what's inside because it's clear.

The stock image shows a pair of sunglasses, but to be honest, unless you're willing to lose half the space and put your favorite pair of sunnies in there without a case, I'd suggest you leave them in the car or do what I do, place them on your head.

For reference, I put a pair of Celine Audrey sunglasses without the case, but I could only fit my phone and not much else. The clear pouch is included in the option I purchased. I believe it's only a few dollars less if you wanted just the bag or a few bucks more if you wanted a clear cell phone pouch.

If you wanted to go the fancy schmancy route:

Louis Vuitton Monogram Pochette Accessoires (Vintage)

Dimensions:  5”H x 9”L x 2”W

ALLEZ ELIZABETH - CLEAR CROSSBODY BAG SAP CENTER APPROVED VS VINTAGE LOUIS VUITTON POCHETTE ACCESSOIRES
Clear Crossbody Bag Sap Center Approved vs. Vintage Louis Vuitton Pochette Accessoires from Fashionphile

I probably wouldn't bring this one with me if I were only going to a game, but if you have one, it looks like it's SAP Center approved! If you head out to dinner before or after an event at the SAP Center, it will look nice on you, though. A non-adjustable gold chain crossbody strap LV dupe goes well with this little bag.

Conclusion

Whether you're going for a game or dinner, one of these options is sure to fit your needs. No matter your choice, you'll be sure it meets the size requirements of SAP Center so you can get into the stadium without any issues. This clear crossbody bag that meets the 5″ x 9″ x 2″ requirement is a great way to stay within the SAP Center regulations while still looking stylish. You can look good and feel secure knowing you won’t be turned away at the door. Remember to have fun! There's no reason why security regulations should take the joy out of attending a game or event. Be safe, enjoy yourself, and share this with your friends!

GO SHARKS!

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