Manchester United bans iPads and other tablets from Old Trafford stadium
Supporters of Manchester United have been banned from bringing iPads and tablet devices into Old Trafford stadium this season. The reasons are said to be part security related and in part consideration for the people sitting behind you.
The new policy, which was sent in an email circulated to supporters, reads:
“We want to make you aware of an update to our club policy regarding home matches. Supporters cannot bring large electronic devices (bigger than 150mmx100mm) inside the stadium. For example, iPads or other tablet devices and laptops are now prohibited. Also please be aware that large bags, large cameras and liquids (with the exception of a small bottle of water with the top removed) are included in our list of prohibited items.”
With Manchester United being one of the most well known sporting franchises around the world, the rule was put in place to stop the growing trend of supporters using their tablet devices to capture the action, and blocking the view for supporters sitting behind as a result.
On top of this, there have been worries that match goers may record large portions of the match with the devices, and it is also speculated that the ban imposed is to improve the security inside the stadium, as the announcement was listed under ‘latest security intelligence’.
Other prohibited items fans are not allowed to bring into the stadium include: canned drinks, dark plastic bottles, drink cartons, drinking glasses, glass bottles, flasks, water in excess of 500ml, baby buggies, prams, camcorders, darts, fireworks, flares, knives, weapons, large bags or suitcases, large umbrellas, flags or banners greater than 2m x 1m or of an offensive nature, poles, sticks, tools, radios, smoke or gas canisters, and telescopic or long-lens cameras.
However, this is not the first time iPads and tablets have been banned from sporting stadium and events. Back in 2010, the New York Yankees laid down the same policy due to security concerns, although the decision was withdrawn two years later.
The Tech Assimilator first saw this news on The Guardian.