For any stadium, arena or theatre to have a fan conduct policy is nothing new. Fans must always remember to avoid using foul language or fighting with fellow fans, but those who buy tickets to see the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium this season must also remember to refrain from doing something commonplace at sporting events, standing.
According to the Kansas City Chiefs “Fan Guide”, the team asks those in attendance to not be, “standing and/or obstructing the view of other fans.” The rule, which is just one of 13, is listed between no foul language and no intoxication. Fans that choose not to follow the provisions are subject to ejection without refund.
“I don’t think it will affect [ticket sales] much,” Donna Davidson of Ticketmart told TicketNews, adding that Chicago Bears have also enacted a new policy making Soldier Field completely smoke-free.
The Chiefs will be stepping into the next generation with a new text messaging system that gives fans the ability to report those who are being disruptive to stadium officials without fear of repercussion.
“Text messaging will be introduced to our fans in 2008 as an additional line of communication on day of game. Text messaging will allow you to communicate more clearly and confidentially,” the “Fan Guide” reads.
As the season continues to get closer and camps get into full swing, individual teams as well as the NFL are continuing to attempt to make stadiums more fan friendly. This spring, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in part blamed the secondary ticket market for more rowdy fans and also said the league is creating a new Fan Conduct Policy that will be announced before the start of the upcoming season.
“We look at the issue of our in-stadium experience as something that’s critically important,” Goodell said at the league’s spring meeting, according to NFL.com. “We think that the experience can be improved. We are going to be working with our clubs to improve that … making sure that (fans) feel safe, that they’re comfortable, and that they can enjoy the game without being interfered with.”