iPad: Yankees say no, minors team says yes

Although the New York Yankees won't be allowing fans to bring their iPads to ballgames this year, one minor league team has decided to allow them at its ballpark.

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The New York Yankees made tech news earlier this week when it was confirmed that the most successful baseball team in history wouldn't be allowing fans to bring Apple's iPad to games at the New Yankee Stadium. In response, a minor league team announced this week that it will welcome iPad owners with open arms.

The Hudson Valley Renegades, a class-A Tampa Bay Rays affiliate, released a statement earlier this week confirming that it would allow Apple's iPad into its stadium. Even better, the team said that on every Monday game during the season, fans will be able to bring their iPads to the ballpark and get a free ticket.

It gets better. The team will even open a ReTweet booth where fans can "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," General Manager Eben Yager said in a statement. "This season we are focusing on the fan experience, and utilizing this new technology at the ballpark [allows] 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 Renegades' decision to allow iPads into its stadium was a direct response to the New York Yankees deciding that Apple's tablet fell under its "No laptops" policy.

Monday games at the Renegades' Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., start on June 21.