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Yankee Stadium bans iPads from premises

updated 12:45 pm EDT, Tue May 25, 2010

Cites 'security and safety' concerns

Officials at Yankee Stadium in New York City are now preventing people from carrying iPads into Yankees games, the Associated Press writes. The policy is an extension of one affecting notebooks, and MLB Advanced Media CEO Bob Bowman claims it was put in place to prevent people from becoming "distracted and getting hit in the face with a ball." Anecdotes suggest that it may still be possible to smuggle one in at personal risk.

The MLB adds that whether or not iPads are allowed into a stadium is a matter for individual teams. The Yankees therefore stand in contrast to some other teams, such as the Los Angeles Angels, the Seattle Mariners and notably New York's own Mets. Yankee Stadium is reportedly tech-friendly in most other respects, for example by equipping each player locker with its own computer display.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    if they can only figure out how to ban the use of cell phones. Or, at least, the use of cell phones by people saying "Look! I'm waving my arms! I'm on TV!"

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good point.

    There are all manner of distractions at the ballpark, from looking down at the liquid someone behind you spilled, to getting up and crossing your row to get a beverage, to watching the transactions with vendors, reading a paper/book...

    You cannot eliminate all of the distractions, and this particular ban is stupid based on numbers of users and risk. Stupid. All veteran ticket holders are well aware of the risks of sitting in the ball park as objects fly at nearly 120 mph.

  1. efithian

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If the games were a little more interesting, fans wouldn't have to be entertained with devices they bring to the game. My wife went to game once that was so boring, even though it was a world series game. The visiting team not only didn't get any hits, but they didn't even get any runners on base. How boring is that? She wishes that she could have had her iPad for that game!

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Where are all the a**holes complaining

    about the taking away of their personal freedoms. Shouldn't the Yankees be forced to allow people that paid money for iPads and laptops be free to use them wherever they want? I also paid good money to go to Yankee Stadium to do whatever I want while I'm there. Let's all start a class action suit against the N.Y. Yankees organization to allow all personal electronic devices. If I can use my iPhone, what's wrong with an oversized iPhone (the iPad). After we win that suit let's see about starting one to bring in our own food. How dare them try to force us to eat overpriced hot dogs and beer.

  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ticket prices

    after one pays for a 500 dollar ticket, 50 dollar beer and dog, can they still afford an iPad? i cant.

  1. cartoonspin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    why bother

    According to the article, you have to be a player to use an iPad. Just a dumb policy.

  1. mustango

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I've noticed recently...

    ...that baseball teams (both major and minor league) have gotten a lot more paranoid lately about fans being injured by batted balls.

    Is it lawsuit-mania or is there something about those balls we should know about?

  1. chucker

    Joined: Dec 1969



    maybe we could just ask the players to not hit the balls so hard,

    then everyone could enjoy reading their ipads without fear of injury?

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