The Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee recently posted on their website the house rules for spectators when watching Olympic matches. I suggest you print it out as sometimes they might have their own rules which are unreasonable and you have something to disprove them.
I remember attending one of the Good Luck Beijing games and I had some paracetamol with me. They informed me that I can’t bring it in. As I was in a hurry, I just let it be. This time, I’ll come prepared and print myself a copy of the house rules.
The House Rules are as follow:
1. All sites and venues will open two hours prior to the start of competition. Everyone has to go through security checks. Please allow enough time for travel to the venue and for queuing to pass security.
2. DO NOT bring the following inside the venue:
- food and beverages in either hard or soft container,
- breakable objects and containers (drums, horns & whistles),
- bulky, large bags or cases which will not fit in seating areas,
- flags of non-members of the Olympic and Paralympics, flags or banner larger than 2m x 1m, flag poles, any banners, slogans, fliers, brochures or samples,
- unauthorized professional photographic equipment
- knives, bats, long-handled umbrellas, sticks, camera tripods, or sharp, pointed objects which could injure others,
- animals (lead dogs excepted for the blind)
- any wheeled equipment other than strollers or wheelchairs
- any electronic equipment that could interfere with the electronic signals of the Olympics such as unauthorized walkie-talkies, megaphones, radios, laser gadgets or wireless equipments, etc.
- firearms, ammunition, crossbows, daggers, and other controlled weapons, explosives such as fireworks and firecrackers, corrosive and radioactive materials prohibited by Chinese law.
3. All spectators have to sit in their numbered seat. Read the seating instructions on your ticket and go to the corresponding location. For assistance, ask nearby staff.
4. The following behavior in any venue is considered inappropriate and will be stopped:
- smoking in non-smoking areas
- climbing over barriers, walking on seats, throwing objects into the stands or field of competition
- entering non-disabled seat areas with baby carriages or wheelchairs
- entering restricted areas such as VIP sections, those reserved for staff and the field of competition
- opening umbrellas or parasols in the seating areas, standing for long periods and blocking the view, or any other behavior that affects the enjoyment of other spectators
- deliberately displaying signage on clothing or other items, group displays of identical or similar patterns, color combinations, or commercial logos on clothing
- any behaviour that disrupts the athletes, games officials, and coaches, that interferes with the smooth running of the event, or impedes other spectators from watching, including but not limited to, using a flash to take pictures, being in a drunken state, and disobeying instructions from the staff.
5. Without prior official permission, the following activities are prohibited: any kind of publicity, advertising, displays or collection of money; distributing sales promotion samples or merchandise with commercial logos; TV reporting or using professional recording equipment.
6. It is strictly forbidden to harass referees, athletes or other personnel; no gambling of any kind will be tolerated; rallies, sit-ins, demonstrations, drunken behavior, streaking and any other activities that disrupt the Games, or are illegal under Chinese law, are strictly prohibited.
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