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Common sense prevails at Stadium

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 22, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

cartoon_sun_st6.gifAs anybody who goes to Yankee Stadium know, the security can be overzealous. It got stupid in recent days when they would not allow fans to bring in bottles of sunscreen. Never mind that it was 95 degrees.

But, alas, there is hope. This from the AP:

Go ahead, Yankees fans. Slather on that SPF 45—sunscreen is now legal in Yankee Stadium.

The baseball team has lifted a ban on plastic containers of sunscreen at their ballpark after deciding “not to be as stringent,” team spokesman Jason Zillo said Tuesday.

Sports teams around the country started restricting what fans could bring into stadiums after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The Yankees’ web site lists bans on backpacks, briefcases, coolers, large purses, laptop computers and video cameras. Bottles and cans also are on the forbidden list, but the sunscreen question is not specifically addressed.

The New York Post reported Tuesday that Yankees fans were hot and bothered over the weekend because of a crackdown on sunscreen.

The newspaper said security guards confiscated garbage bags full of the stuff at entrances to the stadium when the team played Saturday and Sunday day games in 90-plus weather.

Zillo said the Yankees have banned sunscreen containers larger than 3 ounces for several years but the restriction was eased in the last few days and sunscreen is now permitted.

“Our No. 1 priority is always going to be our fan safety,” Zillo said. “That’s why these policies were put in place in the first place.”




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