Apr 24, 2015

Can you bring your camera to the Staples Center in LA ?

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I’m spending a couple days in LA in December (2014) and was planning on watching a Lakers game at the Staples Center.

I want to take some pictures inside but the website stipulates:

Are cameras allowed inside STAPLES Center?

Yes! Non-professional, non-flash, still photography is permitted at most events (disposable, digital, or 35mm cameras with no interchangeable or telephoto lens). Video and audio recording is prohibited. Please note that some shows will have a different camera policy. Please see the specific event page or contact contact Guest Services for further information.

I have a D90 with a couple lenses so it wouldn’t be allowed since the lenses are interchangeable. So I decided to send an email and this was the response:

Hello and thank you for contacting STAPLES Center! As long as the lens doesn’t extent past 2.5 inches extended, it should be okay for entry. For any additional questions/concerns please contact us directly at 213-742-7326.


I hope this helps other people with the same question 🙂

Update: Went inside with my D90 in a small bag. The lady at the entrance had no clue about photography. She saw the back of my camera and thought it was a professional camera. So I told her about the 2.5 inch rule and she let me in without any more questions, so I could easily brought in another zoom lens on the bottom of my bag … I don’t know why a zoom lens isn’t allowed anyway, since there a so many good point and shoot cameras with more zoom than my d90 prime lens 🙂

Here two shots from that night, one fisheye shot and one with 50mm (cropped picture). I was sitting in the upper concourse, far away from the field




50 mm cropped


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