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Yankee Stadium Bans the iPad

| 24 May 2010 18:05
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A little heads-up for anyone thinking about catching a game at Yankee Stadium: Leave the iPad at home.

After reports that iPad-packing baseball fans were being turned away from Yankee Stadium began to make their way online, Yahoo! Sports contacted the team's security department to find out if there was any truth to the matter or if it was just some Boston fans trying to stir up trouble. Turns out the whole thing is very true: Among the many things proscribed by the stadium security policy are laptop computers and in the eyes of security officials, that means iPads, too.

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

I can't imagine why laptops would be banned from Yankee Stadium as a matter of security, nor why iPads would be included in their number since based on what very little I know of them, they're more like a fat iPhone than a laptop. It's apparently okay to bring them onto planes, so why not to a baseball game?

On the other hand, you're going to see a baseball game so why are you bringing an iPad with you in the first place? I've never been able to fathom the mindset of all those dill holes who get seats behind home plate and then spend the entire game yammering on their cellphones. If things are really that much more interesting elsewhere, maybe you should go there and free up the seats for people who actually want to watch the game.

In fact, I have the perfect compromise solution: Don't ban iPads, just ban idiots. Same net result from a policy we can all feel good about.

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