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    Posted on March 21st, 2010 Jeff Keller 4 comments

    Yesterday I took my mom to the second round games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in San Jose. Upon arriving, a guy walking the other way told me that they would not allow him to bring in his Nikon D-SLR, and that I’d likely have the same problem. I thanked him and figured that I’d try my luck.  I get to the ticket window and they looked at my camera (Nikon D300s with 17-55 lens attached, and 70-300 lens in a bag) and said “sorry sir, you cannot bring that inside, you’ll have to bring it back to your car.” When I told them my car was an hour train ride away, they escorted me to the guest services office.  I tried arguing (polietely) with them, but they said “if your lens extends and is longer htan six inches, it can’t come in.”  Seeing how I didn’t have any choice in the matter, I checked everything in and went to watch the first half of the Murray State vs Butler game.

    Come halftime, my cell phone rings. It’s the office calling, saying that the manager (of the whole place, I think) said that I could have my camera and 17-55 mm lens back, but they were keeping the telephoto until the end of the game. I figured that I should take what I could get, and went and retrieved the camera.

    So, here are my pictures from the two games, taken with the not-very-telephoto 17 – 55 mm lens. I was going to write the NCAA a nasty letter for having such a ridiculous restriction, but I figured I’d let them off the hook after they gave me my camera back.


    4 responses to “Doubleheader” RSS icon

    • It might not be the NCAA rule, but the rule of the basketball facility. The Toyota Center here in Houston that hosts the Rockets has the same rule except ours is 4 inches. The rule is in place not just for Rockets games, but for anything that comes into the Toyota Center like concerts and exhibitions. I hate that rule.

    • This was apparently an NCAA rule… or so I was told by the arena management. Still, lame.

    • It’s not just basketball. I was at the Australian Open (tennis) a couple years ago and anything with a focal length of more than 200mm was a no go.

    • The rule is likely to protect the commercial photography agency who has secured the rights to the game.