For every silly action taken by a Major League Baseball team, there's usually an equally silly promotion from a Minor League Baseball team. A ban on iPads in Yankee Stadium is leading to a welcoming of iPad users in Hudson Valley, complete with free admission and a designated area for tweeting.
For every silly action taken by a Major League Baseball team, there's usually an equally silly promotion from a Minor League Baseball team. A ban on iPads in Yankee Stadium is leading to a welcoming of iPad users in upstate New York, as the Hudson Valley Renegades (short season; NY-Penn League) are instituting iPad Mondays at Dutchess Stadium.
Any fan bringing their iPad to a Monday home game will receive a free general admission ticket to that night's game (based on availability).
The Renegades will be hosting five ‘iPad Monday' games this season with the first landing on Opening Day, June 21st. Fans that bring their iPad will not only receive a free general admission ticket to that night's game but fans can also bring their iPad to the Renegades ReTweet booth, located in the main concourse, to receive special offers and get assistance with setting up or updating their social media networking sites such as, Twitter, foursquare, and Facebook.
"Technology is constantly evolving and enhancing the way fans are able to follow the game," said General Manager Eben Yager. "This season we are focusing on the fan experience and utilizing this new technology at the ballpark to allow fans to do everything from watch a Major League game to checking stats on former Renegades players only improves the fan's experience…it allows everyone to be their own fan."
The kerfuffle began when the New York Yankees banned iPads from Yankee Stadium in keeping with the ballpark's ban on laptops. That's not very typical of baseball in general; most embrace the technology, and many offer free WiFi as an inducement to fan participation.
Of course, the irony is that there's a little overlap between the Renegades ownership and the Yankees ownership. But all's fair in love and promotions, right?
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