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Thread: What are you allowed to bring into your hometown MLB ballpark?

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    What are you allowed to bring into your hometown MLB ballpark?

    From what I hear on these boards, back in the day you were able to bring just about whatever the hell you wanted through the stadium gates, but things are different these days.

    As far as my stadium (Progressive Field) is concerned, you're allowed to bring binoculars, cameras, and signs. When it comes to food and beverage, you are not allowed to bring in bottled pop, but juice boxes and pouches are OK. You can also bring sandwiches, peanuts, chips, and other small snackable items.

    Oh, and of course, you cannot bring in your own alcohol or any sort of weapon. I hear that they don't like laser pointers either.

    Here is something interesting though: With the exception of the last game I went to, they always searched the bags you brought in and gazed into purses, sometimes even patting you down. As a matter of fact, we had been caught trying to sneak in pop a couple of times. However, the last game I went to, they didn't check a single thing and I walked in with a bag full of stuff. I wonder if it is because attendance is so bad that they can't afford to turn anyone away.

    Anyway, what about your stadium? I'm sure it varies and I wonder if there are any peculiar things that are allowed or not allowed at your stadium. Also, do they go out of their way to search you too?

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    The trop said, I don't know if they still say this I like ballpark food too much, that you can bring any food that is in a clear bag i.e. sandwhiches. At one point they said unopned bottles of water.
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    I used to work at Riverfront stadium as a security guard. Cans and bottles of any kind were banned. We had to check purses and backpacks. One woman's purse had at least a dozen pop cans in it. I told her she couldn't bring it in. Then she offered to give them to us. I politely told her that wasn't allowed. She was upset about "wasting" the soda, so she had her husband and kids stand outside the gates and chug down all of them.

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    Nats Park allows pretty much any food in a reasonably sized container. I think liquids are limited to unopened, plastic waters bottles only. There are no pat downs unless Obama's in the house. Bags and purses are always checked at every game. FedEx Field is the only venue I know of that allows nothing. No water, no peanuts, nothing. The pat downs are hardcore, but I still manage to sneak through w/ 16 ounce water bottles behind my fly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grape ape View Post
    I used to work at Riverfront stadium as a security guard. Cans and bottles of any kind were banned. We had to check purses and backpacks. One woman's purse had at least a dozen pop cans in it. I told her she couldn't bring it in. Then she offered to give them to us. I politely told her that wasn't allowed. She was upset about "wasting" the soda, so she had her husband and kids stand outside the gates and chug down all of them.
    Do you know why there is a policy against cans? I understand bottles, because you can smuggle booze in, but cans are sealed.

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    I'm sure it has to do with simply the stadium wanting you to pay 5 bucks for a watery coke.
    In the old days they used to sell beer in glass bottles, that you drank from. These were often chucked on the field, so I get that.
    As a security guard I saw all kinds of things smuggled in. Some guy had one of those binoculars that was actually a flask. Caught him taking sips from the "eyepiece".
    Last edited by grape ape; 06-13-2012 at 05:17 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grape ape View Post
    I'm sure it has to do with simply the stadium wanting you to pay 5 bucks for a watery coke.
    In the old days they used to sell beer in glass bottles, that you drank from. These were often chucked on the field, so I get that.
    As a security guard I saw all kinds of things smuggled in. Some guy had one of those binoculars that was actually a flask. Caught him taking sips from the "eyepiece".
    That is so awesome! You must have a really keen eye to spot that or the binoculars must have been very shoddy-looking and he must have been very obvious.

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    Heh, yes. Most people have the modern binoculars. Very small. This guy had the 1950s version, so it stood out.
    It was what my grandpa called "field glasses"
    Last edited by grape ape; 06-13-2012 at 06:05 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grape ape View Post
    In the old days they used to sell beer in glass bottles, that you drank from.
    How long ago was that?

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    Dodger Stadium allows you to bring your own food. You can also bring in water, juice or soda, as long as it's in a sealed bottle that's less than 1 liter.
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    Citi Field allows you to bring in your own food, and drinks not in glass bottles. I was able to bring in liter bottles of water that were not open. I've brought in chips, sandwiches, leftover Dim Sum from Flushing, no problems. My friends have brought juice boxes for kids, as well as other kid snacks like fruit pieces, Cheerios in a plastic baggie, gummi faunae, jerky, too much to name... No coolers though, just insulated bags or packs.

    I could swear I've heard of someone bringing in a few "Crave Cases" of White Castle burgers (30 per case) to the ballpark, but that may have been at Shea Stadium.
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    Yankee Stadium allows all food, and up to 1 liter of non-alcoholic drink. I normally bring a bottle of water or soda and a sandwich in a hot/cold bag. Security normally searches the bag by just looking inside and patting the outside of the bag.

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    Before my time. Pete Rose talks about it in his early playing days, beer bottles, quarters, batteries being thrown at him from the stands. Guess the 50s and 60s.

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    I've read plenty of stories of alleged glass bottle throwing incidents at stadiums over the decades, but I can't say I've ever seen a case actually documented from a media source.

    Does anyone know of a venue that allowed glass bottles into the general admission seating areas? I've never seen glass permitted outside of the suite areas in modern venues.

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    When the Marlins played at Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Dolphin/Dolphins/LandShar/SunLife/your name here Stadium, umbrellas were not allowed inside. Don't know if the management thought that they would block the view of other patrons, or thought some of the more uncouth patrons might try to use them as weapons. Funny thing is, I saw pics of Marlins Park taken on a day when it was raining. Of course the roof was closed, so the game was played. I could swear that I saw people with umbrellas in the seats! So, no umbrellas allowed in a outdoor stadium where you could get rained on, you move to a moveable roof stadium where it will never rain inside, and the umbrellas are allowed. Typical South Florida!

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    Next question, what stadiums do pat downs because I have never been touched at the trop, but I have been patted down at Tampa bay bucs games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevy114 View Post
    Next question, what stadiums do pat downs because I have never been touched at the trop, but I have been patted down at Tampa bay bucs games.
    I think it's an NFL mandate for madatory pat-downs, seems a bit extreme. I haven't seen any baseball park with any patdown procedures, but for the All Star Game at PNC Park (and I would assume every other All Star game since, and perhaps the World Series, but I wouldn't know anything about that) all patrons had to pass thru metal detectors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevy114 View Post
    Next question, what stadiums do pat downs because I have never been touched at the trop, but I have been patted down at Tampa bay bucs games.
    There's a bag searcher for those bringing in bags, and at least a cursory pat-down / wand wave every time I visit Citi Field even now.
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    Talking as a former usher…..

    The one of the biggest reasons you can’t bring in hard heavy objects
    into a stadium is the chance it could fall out of the upper deck and
    clobber someone in the lower seats. I don’t think the “Jake” ever disallowed
    binoculars but we kind of frowned on people bringing them in and asked that
    they be careful for that reason.

    I do remember my family taking in drinks in a hard cooler but things like
    plastic pop or water bottles had not been invented. But now we have soft
    coolers and all sorts of goodies to take to a ball game.

    I can also remember the concession choices being……

    Soda (one kind)
    Beer (one kind)
    Hot Dog (regular or footlong)
    Peanuts
    Cracker Jack
    Popcorn
    Cotton Candy

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    Rogers Centre security has been notoriously frisky since the Toonie Tuesday debacle a few years back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TommieAgeefan View Post
    When the Marlins played at Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Dolphin/Dolphins/LandShar/SunLife/your name here Stadium, umbrellas were not allowed inside. Don't know if the management thought that they would block the view of other patrons, or thought some of the more uncouth patrons might try to use them as weapons. Funny thing is, I saw pics of Marlins Park taken on a day when it was raining. Of course the roof was closed, so the game was played. I could swear that I saw people with umbrellas in the seats! So, no umbrellas allowed in a outdoor stadium where you could get rained on, you move to a moveable roof stadium where it will never rain inside, and the umbrellas are allowed. Typical South Florida!
    They instituted the umbrella policy only a couple of weeks ago.....before, fans were expected to check their umbrellas at fan services, but that got to be problematic.

    Not allowing umbrellas at Joe Robbie was foolish, but I'm glad they're allowed at Marlins Park. As much as I prefer outdoor baseball, the roof encourages more fans to show up even when the weather is iffy. But fans still have to walk from their cars to the ballpark, and knowing how short, intense thunderstorms pop up in the Florida summer, it helps not to get drenched during that walk. Especially when you walk into an AC controlled building like Marlins Park.
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    I've added this thread to the Forum Index.

    Anyway, off the top of my head, Citi Field used to have an issue with fans bringing bottled water into the park. These past two seasons, however, they've begun allowing them, so long as the bottles are still sealed upon entering.
    Put it in the books.

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    Although I know it to be highly unlikely, is there (or has there ever been) a stadium that doesn't allow you to bring in a baseball glove. (Like maybe Wrigley Field after the Bartman incident? LOL!)

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