Yankee Stadium’s ban on laptops — good or bad move?

Should more ball parks, stadiums, concert halls, theaters and other venues join Yankee Stadium in banning laptops, including the iPad?

The Bronx ball park has a policy that prohibits fans from bringing laptops inside, and iPads are included in that ban, Associated Press reports. The team says it’s a security-and-safety issue.

Ironically, AP writes, Yankee Stadium is among the most tech-savvy parks in the majors. Every player has a computer screen at his locker, in fact.

Major League Baseball says the issue of allowing iPads into stadiums is a team-by-team decision.

So what do you think? How much of a safety issue are laptops — possibly a larger gadget getting in the way of all the movement in the stands, or beer splashing on the machines?

Should consumers who purchased tickets be able to bring in what they want — within reason — or does each venue have the right to make its own rules — no matter the limits?

What about books, newspapers and magazines? Should you be able to read at a game, concert or other event?

For instant updates, follow me on Twitter.

52 comments Add your comment


May 25th, 2010
6:24 am

What if nobody went to their damn game ??


May 25th, 2010
6:30 am

STW- that would never happen they’re the Yankees!!! The best in the league

ck hall

May 25th, 2010
6:54 am


May 25th, 2010
7:03 am

After a couple of games in a long home stand the only way I can get my wife to come to the game is if she can bring a magazine.


May 25th, 2010
7:06 am

What happens when a terrorist detonates a bomb hidden in a laptop because they don’t have time to check that every electronic device is functioning before entering? You guys need to get a grip on reality, if being in front of you computer is that important, don’t come to the game. Stay at home and play your World of Warcraft.


May 25th, 2010
7:13 am

idiots – What a fitting name. Please continue to use your scare tactics to get rid of every convenience of modern life. Guiliani would really be proud of you.

Who says a bomb can’t be in the iPhone case that’s brought in.


May 25th, 2010
7:14 am


May 25th, 2010
7:20 am

If the Yankees don’t want you to bring a laptop in their stadium then they should be allowed to tell you not to bring a laptop.


May 25th, 2010
7:31 am

Saw a woman playing sudoko on an iPad at the Cobb Energy Center this weekend during intermission of Avenue Q. I own an iPad and I don’t think anyone should be bringing that device or a laptop to any arena or performance center. You are there for the event, not to play games or do work on your computer. A phone is enough at an event.


May 25th, 2010
7:34 am

are some of you kidding me…….idiots is right! why in the world do you need an ipad at a baseball game. if they dont want fans to bring them in, then they have the right to do so. dont go to the game if really need your computer that much regardless of how “modern” it is.


May 25th, 2010
7:41 am

Don’t go to a game if you need to have something else there to entertain you. There are so many children and “true” fans that don’t have the means to even make it to a major league park….donate your tickets and stay home so you can keep up to date with all of the BS that the world is in right now. A ball game should be an escape for a couple of hours. I hope no one around me has one when I’m at a game.


May 25th, 2010
7:47 am

They used to have Bat Day at Yankee Stadium so how much of a security risk is an Ipad ?

Get real

May 25th, 2010
7:50 am

If you want to mess around on your computer, DON’T GO TO THE GAME, DUH!!!

And, Ghost, you’re the real idiot!


May 25th, 2010
7:57 am

For years, I used to pay $1 for the scorecard and little pencil and keep score during the game. Given that there are “apps” to now do this on the iPad, can that be considered a logical use for an iPad at the ballpark? Do people even keep score anymore?


May 25th, 2010
8:08 am

Who cares and why would one want to take an ipad to a ballgame in the first place?


May 25th, 2010
8:12 am

Doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. What’s the difference between an iPad and an iPhone. Security is a serious matter and should be handled delicately but not sure an iPad ban is the answer.


May 25th, 2010
8:20 am

It’s every stadium owner’s perogative to dictate what’s allowed or not allowed inside its premises. And it’s every customer’s perogative to take these regulations into account when making a ticket purchasing decision. Of course, we can complain about the decision or praise it, but at the end we’ll let our money speak for us.


May 25th, 2010
8:21 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.


May 25th, 2010
8:23 am

I thought this was an Atlanta paper???

Butts Wagner

May 25th, 2010
8:25 am

Saw a woman playing sudoko on an iPad at the Cobb Energy Center this weekend during intermission of Avenue Q.

This is what the amazing iPad is for?


May 25th, 2010
8:29 am

Bat day cannot compare to what you can do with a camera hooked to a GPS if you are trying to commit some act of terror.

Ronald Shook

May 25th, 2010
8:29 am

I couldn’t afford to go to a Yankee’s game in New York so it doesn’t matter.


May 25th, 2010
8:31 am

If somebody brings an IPAD in the game and gets it knocked out of his hands and destroyed by exuberant fans, a fight will start int he stands and require security to put it out. That is why they banned IPADS and laptops to protect the user from having his equipment damaged by exuberant fans and fights from breaking out.

Jay H.

May 25th, 2010
8:31 am

Dano: I don’t think they’re afraid people will hit each other over the head with I-pads.
And, Get Real, you’re the real idiot!


May 25th, 2010
8:37 am

The demand to have devices such as the iPad at games will only grow as developers find ways to enhance the game—even for those fans in the stands. Even now, you could use the device to check out a hitter’s record against specific pitcher or keep track of some other more obscure statistic. Or better yet, something we haven’t yet imagined. Fantasy sports, perhaps the greatest thing to happen to sports as an industry, creates a desire to be up-to-date via your computer. Fantasy sports enhances the personal stakes of the game. In turn, so will devices.

If safety is a concern, everyone should have to turn in their cellphone at the gate. They’re a common trigger device. It’s not like a nefarious employee couldn’t place a bomb in the off-hours. It’s not Fort Knox, I’d imagine. Although I’d hate to see something happen at the game, banning computers isn’t a great preventative measure.


May 25th, 2010
8:42 am

I take insurance reports daily for business owners (mostly restaurants) who are held responsible (?) when Mr. Stupidasss Customer brings some electronic device to the table and spills their beer, fettuccine sauce or some other liquid on it and they want a years worth of free meals for their own stupidity, clumsiness and thoughtlessness. Like wise for everyone who spends the entire game yakking on the cell phone I frankly think these jerks are having buyer’s remorse over the damn things and can’t admit so they make an insurance claim.


May 25th, 2010
8:45 am

They should take everyones “electronics” and throw them in the trash. People look stupid looking at their phone screens or whatever every 2 seconds.

ATTENTION: You’re not that important! Yor’re not that important and we all know it. Give it a break!

Turned Away at the Gate

May 25th, 2010
8:50 am

Yankee Stadium even limits the sizes of purses brought inside. If you show up with a bag that’s too large they make you check it down the street for $7. The ticket-checkers at the gates tell you that the restrictions are clearly listed on the back of the ticket. Too bad for out-of-towners who pick up their tickets at will call.

You are allowed to bring in whatever you like if you have a suite, however.

BTW – the Mets don’t have the same restrictions or the high ticket prices. And despite Rocker’s claims, the 7 train is rather pleasant. Go Mets!

A Baseball Fan

May 25th, 2010
9:16 am

Who needs an Ipad or laptop at the game? Forget safety, baseball should be enjoyed as the great summer pastime that it is. Leave the laptop, bring the peanuts and enjoy the game.

I am sure there will be several self-important people explaining how they need their technology….I say to you; stay at the office, leave the game for the people that know how to enjoy it.


May 25th, 2010
9:26 am

It’s a private owned place, they can set the rules how they like. You don’t have to like it and you aren’t required to go. I don’t see why this is even an issue. People belly ache about anything these days. Change your diapers and stop crying.

Boca Baby

May 25th, 2010
9:30 am

Enough already with the multitasking. Necessary items: beverage of choice, food of choice, possibly a glove if you are looking to catch a foul ball. And last, but not least, attention to the game being played. No iPads.


May 25th, 2010
9:34 am

An iPad may be someone’s only way of reading their current book. What are they going to do during the boring bits now?


May 25th, 2010
9:34 am

I don’t understand – if you’re attending a sporting event in a stadium, WHY would you want to bring a laptop or iPad with you, anyway???

They should take it one step further and ban cell phones in the seating area as well as far as I’m concerned.

Why, but why?

May 25th, 2010
9:41 am

Simple. If you paid to get in, then watch the game. There is always your phone if you want to play with something.

Screanin' Eagle

May 25th, 2010
9:43 am

If you need your laptop at a ballgame, stay at work or at home. Jeez.

I Report/You Decide

May 25th, 2010
9:44 am

iPad, iPhone, Droid, cell phone, laptop…pacifiers/security blankets for adults. GET A LIFE PEOPLE!!!


May 25th, 2010
9:52 am

Change or die, people, change or die… All stadiums need to offer multi-media platforms over WiFi as a large part of the sports ‘experience’. They should be renting laptops, smart platforms, etc. and charging for a login name. Welcome to the 21st and 1/2 Century, already.

Monroe Burbank

May 25th, 2010
10:00 am

Officials at airports deem laptops enough of a security risk that they are required to be x-rayed. One would assume the same security risk exists at a large venue such as any sports stadium.

Morrus, I think you commented on the wrong blog.


May 25th, 2010
10:17 am

I don’t think the owners much care about whether you watch the game or not once you’ve paid your ticket. Hence, Tooner Field. But if a Team, or other business for that matter, has a reason for disallowing certain items in their place of business, well that’s their business. And I seriously doubt anyone not named Jobs will refuse to attend a Yankee game because of it.

Yankees Suck

May 25th, 2010
10:21 am

If youi buy one of the high priced tickets at Yankee staduim you should be able to bring in whatever you want!


May 25th, 2010
10:21 am

It’s their stadium. They can do what they want with it.
If you don’t like the rules, you don’t have to attend.

Personal freedoms are limited on private property.


May 25th, 2010
10:34 am

The first nerd that brings their computer and takes a foul ball to the head bc they were looking down should be a Yankees’ fan. Thin the herd….but bring your own first aid kit and medic. Yankees management shouldn’t have to spend their profits on your ignorance.

Pete Rose

May 25th, 2010
10:34 am

The answer is very simple. The Yankees have to right to ban whatever they wish to ban in their park. If you cannot live for three hours without something they have banned then stay home and watch it on the tube with your laptop or ipad in your lap. Problem solved.
By the way, just curious, if you could bring your laptop to the game, and someone spilled a drink on it and destroyed it, who would you be mad at? The person who spilled the drink? he stadium for allowing laptops in the first place? You for bringing it? I think you know where my vote is.


May 25th, 2010
10:36 am



May 25th, 2010
11:13 am

@ SouthernDawg: LOL!!! Hilarious! The thought of some techie getting clobbered by a foul ball while playing with his iPad cracks me up! Thanks for the laugh!

Ted Striker

May 25th, 2010
12:53 pm

Sounds kinda silly on the part of the Yankees to me.

Yankees Now

May 25th, 2010
12:55 pm

Rudy Guiliani, hero of 9/11, thought this was a good rule, so he told the yankees to start enforcing it. Remember—his consulting firm is good at this.


May 25th, 2010
1:14 pm

Why would anybody want to go to a Mets game, let alone ride on the #7?


May 25th, 2010
1:38 pm

Yankees suck, this reminds me of something the folks down at the Joke by Coke would institute.


May 25th, 2010
2:05 pm

Enter your comments here