World Cup stadium rules

07/06/2010 at 09:22 11 comments

Before you toddle off to one of the world cup stadiums to watch your team make its way to victory, please bear in mind that some items are prohibited. FIFA head quarters has set a ‘few’ regulations with regards to what you can and cannot bring to the stadium. Please view a lost of items you should leave at home below. To be certain of doing the right thing, contact  the FIFA World Cup Authorities.

The following items are prohibited in the stadiums:

  • a) weapons of any kind;
  • b) anything that could be used as a weapon or to cut, thrust or stab, or as a projectile, in particular long umbrellas and other unwieldy implements;
  • c) bottles, cups, jugs or cans of any kind as well as other objects made from PET, glass or any other fragile, non-shatterproof or especially tough material or Tetrapak packaging, hard cooler boxes;
  • d) fireworks, flares, smoke powder, smoke canisters, smoke bombs or other pyrotechnics;
  • e) alcoholic beverages of any kind, narcotics or stimulants;
  • f) racist, xenophobic cause, charity or ideological concern related materials, including but not limited to banners, signs, symbols and leaflets, objects or clothing, which could impair the enjoyment of the Event by other spectators, or detract from the sporting focus of the Event;
  • g) flagpoles or banner poles of any kind. Only flexible plastic poles and so-called double-poles that do not exceed 1 metre in length and 1 cm in diameter and which are not made of inflammable material are permitted;
  • h) banners or flags larger than 2m x 1m50. Smaller flags and banners are permitted provided that they are made from material which is deemed “of low flammability” and complies with national regulations and standards;
  • i) any sort of animals;
  • j) any promotional or commercial, materials, including but not limited to banners, signs, symbols and leaflets, or any kind of promotional or commercial objects, material and clothing;
  • k) gas spray cans, corrosive, flammable substances, dyes or receptacles containing substances which are harmful to health or are highly flammable. Standard pocket cigarette lighters are permitted;
  • l) unwieldy objects such as ladders, stools, (folding) chairs, boxes, paperboard containers, large bags, rucksacks, suitcases and sports bags. “Unwieldy” is given to mean all objects which are larger than 25cmx25cmx25cm and which cannot be stowed under the seat in the Stadium;
  • m) large quantities of paper and/or rolls of paper;
  • n) mechanically-operated instruments which produce an excessive volume of noise such as megaphones, hooters or gas-powered horns. Unbranded vuvuzelas are not considered Prohibited Items;
  • o) laser pointers;
  • p) cameras (except for private use and then only with one set of replacement or rechargeable batteries), video cameras or other sound or video recording equipment;
  • q) computers or other devices used for the purposes of transmitting or disseminating sound, pictures, descriptions or results of the events via the internet or other forms of media; and
  • r) other objects which could compromise public safety and/or harm the reputation of the Event as assessed at the sole discretion of the FIFA World Cup Authorities.

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  • 2. nadia  |  09/06/2010 at 12:09

    i heard umbrellas were not allowed into the stadium, is this true?

  • 3. Owen  |  10/06/2010 at 20:26

    Are SLR Camera’s allowed and if so max zoom permitted?

    • 4. Miriam Mannak  |  11/06/2010 at 20:40

      Nope, they are not (see one of my posts).

  • 5. Steve  |  11/06/2010 at 08:59

    Wear a rain coat! 😉

  • 6. Jim  |  12/06/2010 at 15:29

    A. Are there metal detectors to determine what isn’t allowed in the stadium?

    B. Would they not allow a small video camera, like a Flip camera?

    • 7. Miriam Mannak  |  12/06/2010 at 20:50

      There are metal detectors at the gates, and they will ask you to open your bags. You will also be searched, which happens at every world cup. As long as your camera is for personal use (I think a small flip camera is fine), you should be okay. The best thing is to contact the stadium authorities or the LOC.

  • 8. Cape Town World Cup  |  14/06/2010 at 17:35

    I went to the France V Uruguay match at the Cape Town stadium and I thought that the security was very relaxed. I went through a metal detector and the siren sounded but no one was there to stop and search me.. I just walked in!

    No one searched my bag to check my camera or to see if I had food or drink or any other banned items.

    I may have been the lucky, so dont take my experience as normal 🙂

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  • 10. Bruce  |  24/06/2010 at 10:54

    i have just torn my ligament in my knee and so i am using crutches at present. will i need a doctors note or are they permitted?

    • 11. Miriam Mannak  |  27/06/2010 at 10:56

      I am sure crutches are permitted. perhaps call the info desk of the stadium to be sure.


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