Actually, they won't let anyone bring their cool new toy through the gates. I called over to the Yankees' security department to confirm this story and was told that the ban is true. All iPads fall under the "no laptops" rule in its existing security policy and are not allowed at Yankee Stadium.
That, of course, seems absurd. The TSA doesn't require travelers to remove iPads from their screened baggage and the device is basically just a larger version of the smartphones people carry in by the thousands. Plus, it's also quite an inconvenience for fans who might just want to use the iPad for their train travels to and from the park.
But even as someone who loves his iPad — the MLB app is awesome — I'm not sure why anyone would want to use it at a baseball game or get upset when told they can't.
For one, you're at a ballpark. Watch the game. If you need a score from another game, look at the out-of-town scoreboard or try to get it off your phone. Yeah, there's a cool scorebook app, but the old stubby pencil on the paper version works just as well — maybe even better — and you don't have to worry about spilling a Coke on it. (Well, you actually do, but you'll only be out $2 or whatever. You get what I mean.)
For another, I had my iPhone reduced to an iPod when I was in New York for the World Series because the AT&T Network in the Big Apple functions like it's made out of twine and tin cans. Do you really think a 3G iPad is going to be functional at a stadium with 45,000+ people?
Yeah, the ban is kind of silly. But so long as fans know about it — and it seems like the Yankees haven't told anyone about this, so they have to get the word out — I don't think we need to organize any MacNerd protest marches on the House That Jeter Built.