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Confetti fall from the rafters after Game Three of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final between the New Jersey Devils and the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on June 4, 2012 in Los Angeles.
Swearing, throwing drinks or even punches at games have become as much a part of the fan experience, for better or worse, as hot dogs and mustard. But Southern California sports venues now hope to nurture a kinder, gentler breed of sports fans.
“In an effort to create a more secure and enjoyable game-day experience,” according to their press release, The L.A. Sports Council has just issued a code of conduct governing fan behavior at sporting events in Los Angeles and Orange counties. The Fan Code of Conduct will be enforced at Staples Center, Dodger Stadium, the Rose Bowl, Angel Stadium and other major sports venues of 10,000 or more seats. Forbidden activities include profanity, intoxication, throwing your soda, fighting , and storming the field.
Fans who violate the code will face ejection or arrest. Didn’t like the umpire’s call? Perhaps a disapproving look will express your displeasure. If you absolutely must say something, at least use your indoor voice. Do you resent the idea of being held to a behavior code? Do you prefer your sports events rough-and-tumble, or more civilized? How do you think this will change the game for you?
David Simon, president, Los Angeles Sports Council
George Cunningham, chief operating officer, The Rose Bowl
Lee Zeidman, senior vice president and general manager of Staples Center, Nokia Theatre LA LIVE and LA LIVE