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Coming to watch Olympic football at Old Trafford? Better leave your tent (and the dog) at home
July 24, 2012

Strobe lights, tents and dogs are among a bizarre list of items that spectators have been ordered not to bring to Olympic football matches at Old Trafford.

The list, featuring dozens of banned items in all, has been sent to ticket holders by London 2012 bosses. It also includes walkie-talkies, phone jammers and radio scanners – as well as bicycles, folding bikes, roller-skates and skateboards.

The list has been issued as part of a series of 'safety-first' anti-terrorism security measures at Old Trafford. Every spectator will be searched at the turnstiles before they are allowed to enter the ground. Liquids, aerosols and gels in quantities greater than 100ml are also banned - although optimistic fans are allowed to bring in 200ml of suncream as long as it is in its original bottle.

Tents are banned, along with placards and spray paint, in a bid to stop protests breaking out at the ground. Promotional materials have also been outlawed to prevent so-called 'guerilla marketing' – although fans will be allowed to wear football-related clothing as long as it is in 'good faith'.

And fans of YouTube and social networks should take note – because the list says no 'material captured by a mobile telephone may be published or otherwise made available to third parties'.

Some ticket-holders have grumbled that list is over the top - and will make the experience of getting into the stadium similar to going through security at Manchester Airport. But organisers say they are taking no chances with the eyes of the world on Britain.

Yesterday we exclusively revealed how pleasure boaters will be subject to police searches amid fears terrorists could use the Bridgewater Canal to target Old Trafford.

Last month it emerged that fighter jets will be on stand-by to reach Old Trafford in 20 minutes if terrorists mount an air attack during Olympic matches. There will also be a two-mile no-fly zone around the stadium. Nine matches will take place at the stadium - starting on Thursday when a double-bill sees Team GB take on Senegal after UAE have done battle with Uruguay.

Items that are prohibited from Old Trafford are: Bottles, glass vessels, cans, poles and any article that might be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety. Liquids, aerosols and gels in quantities greater than 100 ml

Tents, placards, spray paint or any other item which could be used to demonstrate within the venue or sabotage property.

Glass bottles larger than 100ml (excluding medication contained in glass bottles)

More than one soft-sided bag of 25 litre capacity (you must be able to fit your bag under your seat)

Walkie-talkies, phone jammers and radio scanners. Personal/private wireless access points and 3G hubs (smart devices such as Android phones, iPhone and tablets are permitted inside venues, but must not be used as wireless access points to connect multiple devices)

Laser pointers and strobe lights

Items too large to be electronically screened

Bicycles, folding bikes, roller-skates and skateboards

Pets or animals (excluding service animals)

All types of knives and bladed items, including pocket knives and knives carried as part of cultural dress

Offensive weapons or implements such as bayonets, flick knives, extendable batons, sharpened combs, modified belt buckles and loose blades modified into weapons

Personal protection sprays such as CS or pepper sprays Firearms and ammunition (including replicas, component parts or any device suspected to be a firearm)

Fireworks, explosives, flares and smoke canisters

Hazardous and toxic materials

Controlled drugs, including substances which look like controlled drugs

Items that resemble prohibited items such as replica guns or hoax explosive devices

Air-horn Sponsorship, promotional or marketing materials (excluding official club merchandise and other football related clothing worn in good faith)

Equipment which is capable of recording or transmitting any audio, visual or audio-visual material or any information or data. Mobile telephones are permitted provided they are used for personal and private use only provided that no audio, visual or audio-visual material captured by a mobile telephone may be published or otherwise made available to any third parties including via social networking site

In addition, there are restrictions on the size and use of some items inside venues.

Check with staff if you’re unsure about using an item inside venues, as some items may disrupt competition, obstruct the view of other spectators or create a safety hazard.

Items that are restricted in London 2012 venues are:

Large flags (bigger than 1 metre x 2 metres), banners and poles

Oversized hats Large golf-style umbrellas

Large photographic and broadcast equipment over 30cm in length, including tripods and monopods. You cannot use photographic or broadcast equipment for commercial purposes unless you hold media accreditation

Excessive amounts of food Balls, rackets, frisbees or similar objects or projectiles

Noisemakers such as hunting horns, klaxons, drums, vuvuzelas and whistles

Flags of countries not participating in the games (this excludes the flags of nations under the umbrella of a participating country such as England, Scotland and Wales)

You are allowed up to 10 containers of up to 100ml capacity each, giving a combined maximum capacity of 1 litre.

Part-filled containers with a capacity greater than 100ml (excluding sun cream) are not allowed. You may bring up to 200ml of suncream, but it must be in its original packaging and in a container with a maximum capacity of 200ml.

Essential medications must not exceed a combined total of 1 litre, and we recommend you bring a prescription or letter from your doctor to accompany it.

If you have a plastic water bottle with you, please ensure it is empty before you reach security as there are no facilities to empty bottles at the turnstiles. The water bottle may have its lid taken away from you.

You cannot bring alcohol into London 2012 venues. Alcohol is available to purchase inside most venues.

You will get through security more quickly if you keep all your liquids, aerosols and gels in a separate toiletry or plastic bag.

There is no need to remove the bag containing your liquids from your main bag, unless specifically asked.

Baby food, baby milk and sterilised water are allowed into venues but must be carried in containers with a maximum capacity of 1 litre per baby. You may be asked to verify baby food by tasting it. Examples include: • Soya milk for babies • Sterilised water for the baby • Formula, breast milk or cow milk specifically for babies

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