Saturday, July 29, 2006

Yankee Stadium: Rules

After the September 11, 2001 attacks, the authorities of Yankee Stadium enforced stricter (and more controversial) rules. As of 2006, the following rules are enforced at Yankee Stadium:

No video cameras
No backpacks
No briefcases
No large bags
No coolers
No glass or plastic bottles or cans (As of April 21, 2006 plastic bottles containing water are permitted. )
The reason given for these strict rules is security, but they have proven unpopular. Security guards frisk and wand fans upon entering the stadium. They also occasionally request odd things of fans such as showing them that the fan's cell phone works, citing that the phone might be a bomb. Some fans are skeptical as to the real motivation behind these lengthy security measures (a restriction on cans and bottles, for example, forces people to buy beverages from the concession stands). Despite their unpopularity, attempts to get rid of these rules have not been successful. The Yankees outsource their security details to company, Burns Secuity. Additionaly, they have NYPD officers throughout the stadium.

Also, other baseball stadiums do not outlaw bags. Instead, other teams' security guards check inside fans bags to search for weapons—a practice that is common at other New York City locales, including concert venues, museums, and libraries. Many city fans have found this restriction particularly burdensome, since many travel to games using public transportation and cannot leave personal items in their cars. However, many local businesses have profited off of this, creating bag checks at their facilities for a nominal fee.

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