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July 24, 2008

The Yankees ban sunblock at the stadium.....to fight terrorism: From the article: Yankee fans are seeing - and turning - red over a ban on sunscreen, which Stadium security guards say was widely expanded in the last few weeks. (via Boing Boing)

posted by cjets to baseball at 01:48 PM - 18 comments

The Stadium does sell 1-ounce bottles of Arizona Sun SPF 15 for $5 - a huge markup that makes its beer seem cheap. I think this sentence from article revealed the real reason for the ban.

posted by graymatters at 02:10 PM on July 24

They lifted the ban on Tuesday.

posted by goddam at 02:23 PM on July 24

Ya, this was already solved. This type thing isn't uncommon. It reminds me of outdoor music events in the middle of summer that doesn't allow you to bring your own water but sells it for 10 bucks. At a game at fenway a couple of years ago there was brutal heat and they were handing out free sunscreen as you entered the park. But it was some organization (cancer maybe?). It wasn't Red Sox supported.

posted by justgary at 02:27 PM on July 24

Shonda Schilling's? Sells seashells at the seashore?

posted by yerfatma at 02:28 PM on July 24

was just about to post that, goddam. so instead, a quick story of overly secure ... at the new Prudential Center where the NJ Devils played their first season last winter .. anywho. The concession stands sold both bottled water and bottled beer, however the staff had to take the bottle caps off for you, presumably so you wouldn't have a heavy object to throw, but instead it leaves people to juggle your bottles with your food and push through crowds to get to your seat. In 3 or 4 games I saw a couple of water bottles go down. Was thinking I'd smuggle in a few caps next time i went there

posted by placenamehere at 02:30 PM on July 24

Shonda Schilling's? Come to think of it, yes, I think it had something to do with Shonda.

posted by justgary at 02:38 PM on July 24

Was thinking I'd smuggle in a few caps next time i went there They do that at Giants Stadium and the Brendan Byrne Arena Continental Airlines Arena Izod Center too. And yes, it's so if you throw the bottle it doesn't become a projectile. Just stick a couple caps in your pocket. Or if there's a female with you have her hold them. Other than purses, women rarely get searched.

posted by goddam at 02:41 PM on July 24

The concession stands sold both bottled water and bottled beer, however the staff had to take the bottle caps off for you, presumably so you wouldn't have a heavy object to throw.... I'm assuming these are plastic bottles? Now don't quote me on this but I have been told that the reasoning behind removing the caps is that empty bottles dumped in the aisles with their caps on represent a hazard. A bottle without it's cap will crush easily under your foot but one with it's cap on won't. Could be bullshit but that's what I was told by a steward at a Premiership football game.

posted by squealy at 02:46 PM on July 24

I hate fake security. I have yet to hear any reasonable explanation for any of those ridiculous security measures. How hard is it to work at Yankee stadium? Do they do security checks? Do they search every truck that is making deliveries?

posted by bperk at 04:09 PM on July 24

Indeed; and I never know how much to tip those guys either... My family and I experienced the ban first hand on an extremely hot Saturday in early June--but this oddity took on a surreal quality when, after we were disarmed (so to speak) and passed through the gates, we were immediately issued baseball bats.

posted by Uncle Meat at 05:04 PM on July 24

we were immediately issued baseball bats. To defend yourselves against the massive terrorist influx, of course.

posted by cjets at 06:54 PM on July 24

The cap thing is actually pretty common, and not just in the sports forum either. I worked concessions at a Fall Out Boy concert in our area a few months back, and the requirements were the same, by the band's request. By the end of the evening, we had a massive pile of caps sitting around doing nothing, and it was rather annoying. The other concession workers and I debated just using them ourselves, but we decided against it. It's a really stupid idea, for the reasons already discussed, but for some reason people seem to think it'll work.

posted by boredom_08 at 01:23 AM on July 25

I'm happy to hear the ban has been lifted. The Yankees did the right thing on this one. Either way this guard sounds like a jackass. For fans who bring babies or young children to cheer on the home team, the guard had suggested they "beg" to take the sunblock in "What if you get a rash? You might sue the Yankees." I guess he'd rather you get skin cancer than a rash. Nice guy.

posted by BoKnows at 01:35 AM on July 25

You could just put sunscreen on before you go to the game... doesn't really seem like a big deal then.

posted by bschatte at 11:49 AM on July 25

You could just put sunscreen on before you go to the game... doesn't really seem like a big deal then. In the link, the doctor points out that sunscreen has to be reapplied every two hours.

posted by bperk at 04:33 PM on July 25

Other than purses, women rarely get searched. then again, you've never been to my house!

posted by dviking at 09:34 PM on July 25

Was thinking I'd smuggle in a few caps next time i went there We bring caps every time we go to Pistons and Lions games.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:51 AM on July 27

And people say Detroit is a cultural black hole.

posted by yerfatma at 08:32 AM on July 30

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