Manchester United bans the Apple iPad, Apple iPad mini, and other tablets from home games

Manchester United bans the Apple iPad, Apple iPad mini, and other tablets from home games
Manchester United is one of the most famous teams in the world, covering all professional sports. With a global fan base, home games are sold out affairs with 75,731 screaming football (or soccer, depending on your location) fans going crazy throughout each contest. In today's world though, professional sports teams need to consider security in a way that would have seemed paranoid 20 years ago. Starting with today's exhibition game against Valencia, Manchester United fans are prohibited from bringing in to the Old Trafford, electronic devices measuring more than 150mm x 100mm.

Specifically mentioned by the club, the Apple iPad and Apple iPad mini are no longer allowed in the stadium, although the ban does apply to all tablets larger than 150mm x 100mm. While not mentioned in the release, we would imagine that exceptions will be made for media attending each match. In 2010, baseball's most iconic team, the New York Yankees, banned the iPad from Yankee Stadium. At the time, the team cited security concerns, and the ban was lifted after two years.


Electronics aren't being totally banned from Old Trafford. Manchester United faithful can still bring their smartphones to the "Theatre of Dreams," as long as the size of the handset remains under the specified dimensions.

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source: ManchesterUnited via TheVerge

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20 Comments

1. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Rotflmfao iBanned that POS

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

They banned all tablets and laptops broski.

3. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Even though he only posts on apple articles, he doesn't actually read them.

5. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Especially the Apple products. Reread it iBoy.

7. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Why are tablets and laptops banned? When cell phones are allowed Can anyone explain the reason for banning these devices. I doubt one can hack the player's ban or the ball itself using high-end gadgets??

8. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Ever see anyone filming or taking a picture in an event using their tablets? It's annoying as hell. It blocks a good amount of view for those people behind them.

9. pept68

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Why?? ever sit behind the douche using his ipad/tablet to take pictures... i want to see my kid, not your screen.

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Also not just for others around but security in possible theft of said devices. I can only imagine with 75k people at a game, that there is always someone complaining about the devices being broken or stolen causing stuff.

12. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

izombie food was SPECIFICALLY named

13. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

It's better than way broski. It's easier to list the most popular one instead of listing every single tablet out there. You can put the ones running android in the "other" category.

15. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmfao.

4. banglazbless

Posts: 126; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

I would've ban that garbage too.

6. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

iGarbage iJunk

11. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

icaca

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Tablets should be banned from everywhere :)

16. AlikMalix unregistered

The reason they specified iPads and iPhones is because they don't know what other tablets and phones are called. I can completely understand the ban as those that use them to take photos block the view. But for the same reason why iPhones specifically when it has the smallest footprint of a modern phone. It would seem that the Samsungs Notes and the like would be on the list before iPhones. So with that conclusion in mind - the only reason why they mentioned iPhones and iPads because they do not know or do not want to list a plethora of mess that Android is today.

17. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

Wow, how about you try and read the article before trying to hate on a specific group of people. They don't mention iPhones. So what was the reason they specified iPhones again? And why do you think Manchester United cares about the state of a phone OS? From your comments we can infer that Android users are the smarter ones.

18. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Next time, read the article before jumping into the comments section.

20. AlikMalix unregistered

oops... you're right, I read iPads and iPhones (not iPad Mini's). Makes my post about iPhones and footprint pointless. You didnt have to get ugly... That's why I thought it was kinda absurd why iPhones when they are smaller then other phones.. But I still stand on the product recognition as the primary reason why other tablets where not "specifically" mentioned...

19. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I guess Note 3 users are out of luck XD...

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