Manchester United Bans Fans From Using iPads, Tablets to Snap Photos During Games


Manchester United, one of the most prestigious teams in the English Premier League, has officially banned fans from bringing iPads and other large tablet devices to Old Trafford, their 75,000 capacity stadium. While definitive evidence is scarce, it’s believed the reason is that too many fans are snapping up photos with their devices, obstructing the views of those around them.

The Manchester Evening News reported the memo, sent via email, warned fans that any electronic devices larger than 150mm x 100mm (essentially anything larger than a Galaxy Note) are now banned from the stadium. “Supporters cannot bring large electronic devices inside the stadium” the email reads. It carries on to specify iPads, but also makes note of other tablets and even laptops.

It’s no surprise, really, that such a ruling has been made. But it does seem to be one of the first attempts by a sports team to prevent the use of distracting devices at a game. What are your thoughts on the matter? Good call? Bad call?

(via Mirror)

Image credits: Old Trafford Manchester United by Paul

  • ModernLife

    It is for their own good, so they aren’t That Person.

  • WhiskyTeats

    This is a great call; “people taking photos with tablets” is the new “people wearing fanny packs”.

    (Also, nitpicking here, but it’s the English Premier League. Not European)

  • CatfishSoupFTW

    drives me nuts when people use tablets for photos..


  • Ian

    I hope this catches on as it’s getting way too hard and expensive to get front row seats to events just to avoid being behind some moron filming the whole thing with their iPad.

  • Leonardo Abreu

    I hope this action spreads all over the world.

  • uaio

    If this ban helps the world look a little smarter, it’s ok with me.

  • Jason Yuen

    Large format is still safe. It’s neither a tablet, nor an electronic device.

  • Yodarkus

    What?! They also banned laptops? Does that mean I can’t bring my 17″ laptop anymore? The 720p webcam was such a joy to use…

  • OtterMatt

    It costs almost twice as much as a proper camera, but it’s larger and more unwieldy! Let’s being it everywhere, guys!

  • OtterMatt

    I prefer to carry mine to listen to my tunes as I walk down the street. I hold it next to my head like a boombox out of the 80s.

  • OtterMatt

    Hey, if you can set up a 4×5 wet plate in the aisle, you officially have my blessing to take as many photos as you want. That’s the kind of dedication you just have to admire.

  • Kynikos

    But how will this season’s European matches be preserved for posterity?


  • docholliday666

    Yup, I’m bringing my 20×24 Polaroid…crew, film, stand and all. It ain’t electronic!

  • Register

    I hope this sparks the anti-tablet-photography revolution.

    Using a tablet to photograph or record something should only be a last resort. The resolution on tablet cameras is usually worse than any decent smartphone the person is probably carrying with them anyway!

  • Register

    I see where you’re going, but fanny packs are clothing accessories and don’t block peoples’ views. You may just as well try banning pink shirts “because you don’t like them”.

  • Register

    And also, the tablet’s camera resolution will most certainly be pathetic. The iPad2 had a measly 1.3MP if I’m not mistaken.

  • WhiskyTeats

    Are you really defending fanny packs on the Internet?

    It was a joke. Relax.