Aerial view of the Olympic Park showing the Olympic Stadium and warm-up track in the foreground. Picture taken on 16 April 2012.
Speaking to BJP, a spokeswoman for London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games has confirmed that it is setting restrictions on photographic and broadcast equipment that will be allowed inside the Olympic venues.
The guidelines, first revealed by Amateur Photographer this morning, read that "large photographic and broadcast equipment over 30cm in length, including tripods and monopods" will be restricted. Locog adds: "You cannot use photographic or broadcast equipment for commercial purposes unless you hold media accreditation."
However, in a conversation with BJP, the spokeswoman says that contrary to prohibited items, large photographic equipment could be accepted in certain venues. "Some venues will be more flexible," she tells BJP. "For example, if you're attending an event in Green Park, there'll be more space for spectators so security might allow you to get in with larger equipment. But, that won't be the case at the Olympic Stadium," where large lenses and tripods could interfere with other spectators's view of the sporting events.
The spokeswoman warned, however, that ticket holders will not be able to leave their gear with security - so "it's probably best not to come with large photographic equipment."
Also restricted are large flags, banners, poles, oversized hats, large golf-style umbrellas, excessive amounts of food, balls, rackets, frisbees or similar objects or projectiles, noisemakers such as hunting horns, air horns, klaxons, drums, vuvuzelas and whistles, any objects or clothing bearing political statements or overt commercial identification intended for "ambush marketing", and flags of countries not participating
in the Games.
In the prohibited list, Locog says that personal/private wireless access points and 3G hubs won't be allowed in the venues, adding that "smart devices such as Android phones, iPhone and tablets [will be] permitted inside venues, but must not be used as wireless access points to connect multiple devices."
The restriction would prevent, for example, photographers to connect wireless-ready cameras and SD cards with their iPhone to transmit their images.
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