Don't Bring Your iPad to Yankee Stadium
As an extension of their existing ban on laptops, Yankee Stadium doesn't allow Steve Jobs' latest moneyminter inside its walls. Allen Stern of CenterNetworks shares the news after being tipped off by a woman who tried to bring hers to one of this week's Red Sox-Yankees games and even gets in a slam at the Sox while tut-tutting at the Yankee policy.
"Apparently iPads are welcome at Fenway Park, home of the Boston RedSox. I guess with the quality of baseball the RedSox are playing these days, you probably need something to keep yourself occupied."
The ban doesn't really make a great deal of sense. The iPad seems to be treated like an oversized smartphone by just about everybody outside of the Bronx. Those are, of course, allowed in the park all across this great land of ours and if you've been through airport security recently you know that the new gadget raises fewer eyebrows than someone forgetting to take off their belt buckle before stepping through the scanner.
Heck, it's a bit surprising that an enterprising baseball team like the Yankees hasn't come up with an app that enables them to make a little money off the machines. That's probably right around the corner with the lifting of the ban on the iPad following in short order.
And, since we're on the topic, why exactly do you need an iPad with you at the game in the first place? Leaving aside people coming straight from work or school for a moment, you've spent money on tickets to a baseball game and choose to spend the game looking at a computer screen? Before anyone screams or shouts, we know that you can use it to follow the game, keep score or watch others on MLB.tv but it is a bit funny that we needed someone to invent a machine to make us think we wanted to do those things instead of enjoy the game we were at in the first place.