Yankees Update Their Security Policy, Have Mercy on Commuters

Yankee Stadium is not a very technology friendly place. Laptops have been banned as long as I can remember and as soon as such a rule was necessary they also banned tablets and e-readers. Why? I don’t know but I found it very annoying as like most people around these parts I take public transportation to work, to the stadium and home. Having to pack differently on gamedays or leave devices at work (that were often brought to work for work purposes!) was pretty lame. Lucky for me as of yesterday the Yankees have updated their entry guidelines. While laptops are still prohibited they have relented and tablets and e-reader devices are now allowed in.

Here are the entry guidelines pulled from the 2012 Fan Guide I received with my season tickets this year (bolding is theirs):

Entry and Carry-In Policy

Inspection points have been established at all Yankee Stadium entrances. The Yankees reserve the right to inspect any bags, clothing or other articles prior to entry into the Stadium and prohibit entry or require removal of any items at the sole and absolute discretion of the Yankees .

NOTICE: For the safety of every Guest, all persons specifically consent to and are subject to metal detector and physical pat-down inspections prior to entry. Any person or property that could affect the safety of Yankee Stadium, its occupants or its property shall be denied entry.

Guest may not carry in the following items:

  • Any bag larger than 16 inches by 16 inches by 8 inches
  • Briefcases, coolers or other hard-sided bags and containers
  • Glass, cans, aluminum bottles or thermoses
  • Laser pens
  • Video cameras and mono/tripods
  • Laptop computers
  • Tablets or other electronic devices larger than a cellphone (e.g., iPads, Kindles, Nooks, etc.)
  • Firearms, knives or weapons of any kind
  • Illegal drugs or substances
  • Brooms, poles, staffs or sticks
  • Baseball bats of any size
  • Televisions
  • Animals (except service animals to aid Guests with disabilities)
  • Blow horns or other distracting noisemakers
  • Any other devices that may interfere with and/or distract any sports participant or performer, fellow Guest, audio or audio/visual telecast or recording of the game or any technology-related service provided in the stadium
  • Masks or costumes
  • Projectiles (e.g., Frisbees, beach balls, etc)
  • Aerosol cans (e.g., mace, pepper spray, hairspray, sunscreen, etc)

Such items will be prohibited from being brought into the Stadium. There is no storage area for these items. Guests arriving by public transportation should take particular care to not bring any prohibited items, as no exceptions will be made.

The Yankees reserve the right ot change or modify this policy without notice.

This was also word-for-word in the Yankee Stadium A-Z guide under “Entry and Carry-In Policy”. The big bold section about evil iPads, Kindles and Nooks has been stricken from this guide online (which you can read here).

Now commuters headed to the stadium can bring in their tablet-like devices and not worry about stashing them at work or a bag check in the area. This is very good news for scoring enthusiasts as I’ve heard there are some excellent apps (though I am sticking with pencil and paper for now) as well as people with long train rides in their future.

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