We have missed you and are thrilled to welcome you back to STAPLES Center! The health and safety of our guests, athletes, performers, and team members is our number one priority. We have worked closely with state and local health officials to responsibly and thoughtfully implement new safety protocols to provide you not only a safe, but enjoyable experience. While it may be a bit different from the last time you joined us, we look forward to giving you a reason to cheer and creating unforgettable memories with you, once again.

Be sure to check back here as information is updated often.

Health Verification

A health verification is required for all ticketed guests. Guests are required to present a photo ID, and either proof of full vaccination (two weeks since your final dose) or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event date. Out of state visitors are required to show proof of full vaccination. Remember, if you’re not feeling well, please stay home!

NBA Game Vaccinated Sections

  • Clippers Vaccinated Sections are 101, 106-116, 209-210, 214-215, 301-302, 330-334.

Vaccinated Sections are subject to change. All guests in Vaccinated Sections must be fully vaccinated (two weeks since the final dose). Children ages 2-15 are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the event date. 

Acceptable Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Test

The following are acceptable as proof of full vaccination: your vaccination card, a photo of your vaccination card as a separate document, a photo of your vaccine card stored on your phone or electronic device, or documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider.  Acceptable vaccines include Moderna, Pfizer and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson. Out of state visitors are required to show proof of full vaccination.


The following are acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 test result: printed document (from the test provider or laboratory) or an email or text message displayed on a phone or electronic device from the test provider or laboratory. Name, date and negative test result is required to be included.


Mobile Ticketing & Entry Process

All ticketed guests will be asked to have their tickets to the event on their mobile device.


Entrances will be located at:

  • Georgia Street and Chick Hearn Court
  • Chick Hearn Court and Figueroa Street
  • Figueroa Street and 12th Street 

Face Coverings Required

Guests over the age of 2 are required to wear a face covering that covers both the nose and mouth at all times. Gaiters, bandanas, and coverings with exhalation vents are prohibited; a face shield still requires a face covering. For the safety of everyone, guests unable to wear proper face coverings will not be admitted into the venue.

No Bags

Bags, backpacks, purses, totes, clear bags, fanny packs, and camera bags are not allowed.


Small clutches and wallets smaller than 5” x 9” x 1” are permitted and are subject to security inspection.


Medical and parental bags smaller than 14” x 14” x 6” are required to go through an X-Ray machine security screening. Please see a Guest Services team member on site for direction to the nearest screening entry.

Keep Your Distance

Practice safe physical distancing of at least 6 feet from others not in your household. We’ve added spacing markers and wayfinding signage to help you maintain a safe distance.  

We’re Fans of Clean Hands

Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer. There are touchless hand sanitizer stations, faucets, paper towel dispensers, and soap dispensers throughout the venue.


STAPLES Center is a fully cash-free venue that only accepts debit and credit cards, including major contactless and mobile payment methods, for a safe and speedy check out. We no longer accept cash. If you do not have an accepted cashless method of payment, "Cash to Card" conversion kiosks are free of charge and located throughout the venue.

Mobile Ordering Food & Beverage

All guests will be asked to order any food and beverage throughout the arena using the QR Code located at the concession stand or the QR located at your seat. We will let you know when the order is ready for pick up via SMS Text. Pick up your food and beverage at the designated pick up location. Enjoy your food and beverage at one of the designated eating areas. No food and beverage will be permitted inside the seating area of the arena.


No Smoking

STAPLES Center is now a smoke-free venue.

GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation

Because your health and safety are our top priority, we’ve made many upgrades and enhancements to ensure that all of STAPLES Center, even the air that you breathe, meets or exceeds industry standards to guarantee STAPLES Center is the safest and most hygienic it can be. We use Atmos Air and BluEco technology to purify the air inside the arena, and MERV-15 air filters which exceed the current standards. High-touch surfaces and heavily trafficked areas are continuously disinfected, and all spaces undergo a rigorous disinfection and cleaning after every event. We’re proud that these improvements have earned us the highest level of GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation as determined by the world’s most respected venue industry cleaning association.

Thank you for doing your part by following all our new health and safety procedures. Let’s continue to keep each other healthy as we navigate through this reopening process as responsibly as we can.

COVID-19 Assumption of Risk

In-person public gatherings and events carry an inherent higher risk of exposure to COVID-19. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease. Prior to attending a public gathering or event, please learn more about the risks involved and evaluate your individual risk level. In particular, vulnerable individuals, such as certain older adults and those with certain pre-existing health conditions, who have an increased risk for severe illness or death, need to take extra precautions against COVID-19.

Guests understand that (a) the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and any resulting disease (together with any mutation, adaptation or variation thereof, “COVID-19”) is extremely contagious and there is an inherent and elevated risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any place where people are present, including without limitation, STAPLES Center; (b) no precautions, including any protocols that may be implemented by STAPLES Center or the teams that play in STAPLES Center, any other professional teams or leagues, the NHL, the NBA, the WNBA, caterer, any lender to STAPLES Center, and any of the respective STAPLES Center or event sponsors or promoters and/or other third parties (such as by federal and state governmental agencies) (collectively, the “COVID-19 Protocols”), can eliminate the risk of exposure to COVID-19; (c) the risks of exposure to COVID-19 are increased by proximity to other people;  (d) there is no guarantee, express or implied, that Guests and any of her/his guests will not be exposed to COVID-19 (e) people of all ages and health conditions, including healthy young people, have been adversely affected by COVID-19; (f) certain people have been identified by public health authorities as having greater risk based on their age or underlying medical conditions; and (g) exposure to COVID-19 can result in being subject to quarantine requirements, illness, disability, and other short-term and long-term health effects, including death, regardless of a person’s age or health condition.  Guests also acknowledge that the COVID-19 Protocols may prove inadequate to prevent the exposure and transmission of COVID-19 and that it is possible that from time to time persons present at STAPLES Center or at any locations in which the events may be held or where people are gathered, may not comply fully with the COVID-19 Protocols.  Guests understand that the implementation of the COVID-19 Protocols does not guarantee that guests and their guests will not be exposed to or contract COVID-19 as a result of their attendance at STAPLES Center or pass COVID-19 on to others, including Guests and other family members of Guests.  Guests understand and knowingly and voluntarily assume all such COVID-19 related risks related to attending, traveling to and from Events at STAPLES Center.  Those risks may include an increased risk of exposure to illness (including, but not limited to, COVID-19), personal injury, disability, and other short-term or long-term health effects including death, which might result not only from Guests’ own actions, inactions or negligence, but from the actions, inactions or negligence of any of the Released Parties (as defined below).  Guests accept that they have personal responsibility for any and all of their respective costs and expenses, damages, liability, and other losses that Guests, or any of their respective heirs, assigns, executors, administrators, next of kin or other persons acting or claiming to act on behalf of Guests (the “Related Persons”),  may incur in connection with the risks described above.

Guests agree to follow STAPLES Center health and safety policies, as well as all applicable Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) guidance, local, state and federal orders, regulations and ordinances pertaining to health and safety at all times while at STAPLES Center. Health and safety policies may be posted throughout STAPLES Center as well as on tickets.


"Released Parties” shall mean L.A. Arena Company, LLC, L.A. Arena Land Company, LLC, Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc, The Los Angeles Lakers, Inc., LA Clippers, LLC, The Los Angeles Kings Hockey Club, L.P., LA Sports Partners, LLC or any other teams that play in STAPLES Center, any other professional teams or leagues, the NHL, the NBA, the WNBA, caterer, any lender to STAPLES Center, and any of the respective STAPLES Center or event sponsors or promoters and/or other affiliates third parties thereof.

COVID-19 Testing

Please visit the County of Los Angeles website for a list of COVID-19 testing locations in your area.  

Covid Arena Testing Solutions (CovidATS) is the closest and most convenient COVID-19 testing location located near STAPLES Center for ticketed guests that need day of test results.  


  • Drive Through or Walk-Up Rapid Testing Location:  LOT 4 (944 Georgia St., Los Angeles, CA, 90015) – Located at the northeast corner of Georgia Street and Olympic Blvd.
  • Cost Per Test: $45.00
  • Wait Time: Rapid results available within 10-15 minutes of administration
  • How to Register: Visit where you can register, schedule your test and pay online
  • When to Register: Negative antigen test results must be obtained within 24 hours of your event
  • Hours of Operation: Testing will open 6 hours prior to the event start time and continue until upwards of two hours after an event commences (depending on traffic)

COVID-19 Vaccinated Guests

Thank you for keeping STAPLES Center Safe and for helping to stop the pandemic by getting the COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccinated guests must continue to follow health and safety guidelines, including, wearing a mask over your nose and mouth, physical distancing and washing your hands often.


It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Additional information can be found on the CDC’s website - Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines.

Food & Beverage / Retail

We are working with state and local public health agencies to determine the safest way to offer food and beverage items and sell merchandise. We have upgraded our equipment to provide easy mobile ordering and new self-service kiosks when it is safe to do so. For everyone’s safety, no outside food or beverages are allowed inside STAPLES Center. Sealed, plastic water bottles, one liter or smaller, are permitted (one per guest). Be sure to check back here as information is updated often.


For a contactless experience, parking passes are now digital and can be purchased in advance on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Security Screening

Entry procedures for all guests remain contactless and physically distanced between guests and team members. You will be directed to place small metal objects in a plastic bin lined with Nanoseptic (anti-microbial) film and walk through a metal detector. Staff will not touch personal belongings and you will be directed to retrieve items from the bin yourself.


  • Access your digital ticket in advance and use it to plan your arrival location and/or time.
  • Bring your required health verification documents.
  • Only bring necessary items that fit in your pocket. Remember STAPLES Center is a cashless venue. 
  • Bring your face covering and wear it as soon as you arrive.


Ticket buyers must be residents of California. Any out of state visitors must be fully vaccinated to attend.

For information about the STAPLES Center box office please visit the Box Office Page.