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Venue Regulations

(via Diamond Geezer)

Apparently, a bundle of new signs have gone up round the sites for the London Olympics, that look like this…

Entry to this venue constitutes acceptance of the Venue Regulations

Venue Regulations sign

Only those Venue Regulations aren’t so easy to find on the site. Indeed, they’re in a PDF (thanks, Google) which is going to make it pretty difficult to read them before you go into the Venue.

And the list of regulations – which you’re accepting without being able to read them – is pretty draconian…

  • ‘Games’ means the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games
  • ‘LOCOG’ means The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited, One Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5LN
  • ‘Person’ means an individual, partnership, firm, corporation, association, trust, unincorporated association or any other legal person
  • ‘Terms and Conditions’ means the Terms and Conditions of Ticket Purchase, the terms of the Ticket Application Form (and accompanying Ticket Guide), LOCOG’s Ticketing privacy policy (full details of which are available at www.tickets.london2012.com) and any other rules brought to the attention of a Person prior to entry to the Venue
  • ‘Venue’ means a location under the control of LOCOG including but not limited to all venues where a Games event is to be held
  1. Notwithstanding possession of any ticket, security pass or accreditation, permission to enter and to remain on the Venue is at the absolute discretion of LOCOG.
  2. LOCOG has the right to search any Person entering the Venue. Any Person who rejects a security search or refuses to comply with rules and security notices published by LOCOG from time to time will be refused entry to or ejected from the Venue.
  3. LOCOG reserves absolutely the right to refuse entry to or eject from the Venue any Person:
    1. failing, or (in LOCOG’s opinion) likely to fail, to comply with any of these Venue Regulations, the Terms and Conditions or any instruction issued by LOCOG, a police officer or any person authorised to act on behalf of LOCOG;
    2. whose presence within the Venue is, or (in the opinion of LOCOG) could, be construed as constituting a source of danger, nuisance or annoyance to any other Person
    3. who is in possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Item as set out in the Terms and Conditions of Ticket Purchase (which can be found at http://www.tickets.london2012.com/purchaseterms.html)
    4. engaging in threatening, abusive or violent behaviour, and foul or abusive language; or
    5. causing, or (in LOCOG’s opinion) likely to cause, damage to the Venue or any equipment, fitting or fixture within the Venue.
  4. The obstruction of access ways, exits and entrance, stairways, common areas and any other areas within the Venue is strictly forbidden and this includes, but is not limited to, the erection or unauthorised occupation of tents or other temporary or permanent structures anywhere within the Venue and any Person creating or attempting to create such an obstruction will immediately be ejected from the Venue.
  5. No sponsorship, promotional or marketing materials may be brought into, used or displayed by any Person within the Venue unless expressly permitted in writing by LOCOG.
  6. Mobile telephones are permitted within the Venue, provided that they are used for personal and private use only and provided that no material (including audio, visual or audio-visual material) captured by a mobile telephone may be made available to any third party.
  7. CCTV cameras are in use around and within the Venue and LOCOG may itself use or pass to the police any recordings.
  8. Any property left on the Venue remains at the entire risk of the owner of the property or person leaving the same and LOCOG accepts no liability for the theft or other loss or damage of such property.
  9. LOCOG excludes (to the maximum extent permitted by law) any liability for loss, injury or damage to persons or property on the Venue.

Item 3 in particular has some interesting stuff about who might not be allowed in to the venue (odd, considering you’ve already gone in, and accepted these terms) – but basically it comes down to “Anyone who is – or in our opinion might be – going to be naughty”. I don’t mind the “is” part – that’s common sense – it’s the “or, in our opinion” part that causes discomfort. Who knows what might incur the blacklist ?

And according to Item 5, you can’t wear anything with logos. That’s pretty hard to do, in fact. I’m generally logo-phobic, but I know I have stuff that has a logo on it. And according to Item 6, you also can’t upload your photos to – for example – Facebook, Flickr, 500px etc.

All told, it’s a wonder that anyone actually wants to go to the Olympics at all, isn’t it?

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2 thoughts on “Venue Regulations

  1. It’s clearly an over-draconian list, so that they have enough rules to tell you off or chuck you out if they want to. But when rules 5 and 6 are so clearly unworkable, is anyone really going to take any notice of the others?

  2. Contracts departments. They have to justify their own existence.

    I don’t see that this is any different to all the T&Cs you’ve had to accept (probably without reading) for evey piece of software on your computer.

    It’s the world we live in.


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