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Electronics policy at PNC Arena

Postby Digitalgypsy66 on Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:14 am

My six year old son and I attended the Canes-Pens game at PNC Arena last night. We stayed at a hotel within walking distance, and as it was 80F here yesterday, walked to the game.

My son had his Nintendo 3DS, which I didn't even notice he had in the rush to get to the arena. He likes taking pictures with it, and to keep him occupied during intermissions.

We were there early, so the security lines weren't bad (that might have been the problem), but the guy who checked us said Gameboys aren't allowed. Why, you ask? Because they are concerned about live streaming the game. The 3DS is a powerful system, but it doesn't have the specs to do any streaming. Besides, the mobile network is bogged during a game.

OK, that's fine, but my dual core 4G LTE phone, that could ostensibly stream the game in 1080p, IS allowed? He was apologetic and said it didn't make sense to him either.

So we had to walk back to the hotel and put it back.

Is this a league wide policy or just a PNC Arena policy? I'm going to do some research on it before I write a letter, either to the league or the Hurricanes.
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Re: Electronics policy at PNC Arena

Postby Idoit40fans on Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:53 am

Haha I was so confused by PNC Park for a minute. I was like...first time to Pittsburgh? Then I realized that the game was Away last night and there is in fact a PNC Arena. I don't think that policy is in play at Consol.
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Re: Electronics policy at PNC Arena

Postby Kovy27 on Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:12 am

Idoit40fans wrote:Haha I was so confused by PNC Park for a minute. I was like...first time to Pittsburgh? Then I realized that the game was Away last night and there is in fact a PNC Arena. I don't think that policy is in play at Consol.


I saw someone with an iPad at the last game recording video on it. So, I don't think that's the policy.
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Re: Electronics policy at PNC Arena

Postby PensHckyFan79 on Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:51 am

The last game I went to with my parents at CONSOL they "confiscated" my dads camera lens because the zoom was to powerful. I guess they are worried about us having quality pictures to take home and remember our fun time at the Pens hockey game. It was like middle school he got it back at the end of the game.
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Re: Electronics policy at PNC Arena

Postby newarenanow on Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:45 am

With the way cellphones are nowadays, to me, this doesn't make sense. But I guess it's up to the arena.
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Re: Electronics policy at PNC Arena

Postby tfrizz on Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:06 pm

Kovy27 wrote:
Idoit40fans wrote:Haha I was so confused by PNC Park for a minute. I was like...first time to Pittsburgh? Then I realized that the game was Away last night and there is in fact a PNC Arena. I don't think that policy is in play at Consol.


I saw someone with an iPad at the last game recording video on it. So, I don't think that's the policy.


I recorded the entire shootout in Boston a couple weeks ago on my S3. Also recorded a fight and a few other moments during the game.
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Re: Electronics policy at PNC Arena

Postby llipgh2 on Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:37 pm

A number of people around me the past few games have brought in tables and iPads, and take pics/film practically the entire game.
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Re: Electronics policy at PNC Arena

Postby Digitalgypsy66 on Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:21 pm

http://www.thepncarena.com/arena_info/policies

PNC Arena specifically lists tablets, Nintendo DS, e-readers as prohibited.

Consol Energy Center does not list those specifically, so it isn't a NHL policy:

No bags, back packs, air horns, cooler (hard/soft sided), thermoses, large purses, cans, bottles, flasks, alcoholic beverages, laser pointer, video or audio recording devices, professional cameras/lens, tripods, banners or signs on poles, weapons or any other items deemed dangerous and/or inappropriate.

Small purses, camera cases, binocular cases and diaper bags will be permitted, however, all items that do not pass security must be returned to vehicles.


http://www.consolenergycenter.com/plan_ ... to_z_guide

I'm wondering if it's more of an annoyance to your neighbors, rather than an actual recording/streaming issue.
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Re: Electronics policy at PNC Arena

Postby ffemtreed on Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:20 pm

Yep, wife had a problem with the ipad she left in her purse. Had to walk all the way back out to the car (Parked down near the BBQ joint) and almost missed the opening faceoff.

Kind of a silly policy if you ask me. As other have said, my cell phone has more capabilities.
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Re: Electronics policy at PNC Arena

Postby Admin on Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:36 pm

Guess they didn't want you recording all those empty seats.
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Re: Electronics policy at PNC Arena

Postby columbia on Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:37 pm

I imagine that the CEC cops don't want all that leaning recorded.
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Re: Electronics policy at PNC Arena

Postby Mr. Colby on Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:55 pm

I'm not bringing my hypothetical kid with me for a game if he can't come without his DS

No offense. And I know he snuck it :D

I have a nephew that won't go anywhere without his DS. Drives me absolutely nuts, he barely picks his head up. I take it off him when he's with me. If I didn't, he'd be buried.
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Re: Electronics policy at PNC Arena

Postby Firebird on Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:26 pm

Why not just try a different gate until you get in somewhere?
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Re: Electronics policy at PNC Arena

Postby Digitalgypsy66 on Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:38 pm

Firebird wrote:Why not just try a different gate until you get in somewhere?

Yeah, I wasn't sure I would have time to get back and watch the beginning of the game. I almost hid it in the fence near NC State's football practice facility, but then thought better of it.

It's funny about my sons and their video games. My eldest son spent more time reading on the 2 1/2 hour drive home this morning than playing the contraband DS. He would've put it away during the game, and used it only when given permission. My 4 year old, however, is addicted to it and any form of video game. He routinely SMOKES me in Mario Kart Wii, and has done so for over a year. You know how you always select Automatic drift? He uses Manual drift and crushes me. :lol:
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Re: Electronics policy at PNC Arena

Postby Great58 on Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:12 am

Digitalgypsy66 wrote: You know how you always select Automatic drift? He uses Manual drift and crushes me. :lol:

No, I don't know. :)
My 8 year old brought his DS to the 3 Rivers Classic, it was a needed alternative after a while. My 11 year old was satisfied with hockey, as long as there were nachos!
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