Manchester United F.C. Ban iPads, Tablet Devices at Old Trafford
Citing latest security intelligence, Manchester United have added large electronic devices including laptops and tablets to the list of banned items for match days at their famous Old Trafford stadium. The club will, however, still allow the use smart phones and small cameras inside the 76,100-seater stadium.
Thinking of taking in a Manchester United game at Old Trafford this season?
Better leave your iPad at home.
Citing "latest security intelligence," United have added "large electronic devices including laptops and tablets" to the list of banned items for match days at their famous 76,100-seater stadium. (Also Read: Wayne Rooney Named Man United's New Captain)
An email was circulated to fans ahead of Tuesday's friendly against Valencia, explaining the new measures which aren't believed to be in operation at any other English club.
United say it is a special case. "The scale of Old Trafford and profile of Manchester United mean that the risk at this venue is unique," United said. (Read: Ironfisted Louis van Gaal Whips Manchester United Into Shape)
Sports fans are increasingly using iPads and similar devices to take photographs and videos in stadiums, raising fears that games could be filmed and copyright laws could be broken.
Holding up large devices to get a selfie, or a snap of a favorite player or coach, may also restrict the view of spectators nearby.
In 2010, the New York Yankees introduced a policy that prohibited fans from bringing laptops inside Yankee Stadium, and iPads were included in that ban. (Feature: EPL Returns With a Stronger Man United)
Decisions on what can be brought into a football ground in England are a matter for the "relevant stadium management authorities," United said.
The club will, however, still allow the use smart phones and small cameras inside Old Trafford.