1. Every fan has a right to like any team they wish. Using abusive language toward fans that support teams you don’t like will not be tolerated. (TRUE)
2. Behaving badly toward other fans, such as fighting, swearing or threatening them, is OK as long as they deserve it. (FALSE)
3. According to MetLife Stadium’s alcohol policies, four drinks is the maximum a person may purchase at a time. (FALSE-TWO DRINKS)
Is it worth it to have to do this?
Every team that has enacted the policy has seen success. Not a single fan that went through it and completed, has been a repeat offender.
It’s an important program, as Ray DiNunzio, director of Strategic Security Programs for the league notes, most fans take the code of conduct very seriously:
We pay very close attention to fan behavior and what our fans tell us regarding their stadium gameday experience,” DiNunzio said. “We learned that fans take the code of conduct seriously. [A recent survey found] that among fans aware of the Fan Code of Conduct, an average of 89 percent say they take it very seriously or somewhat seriously. An average of 59 percent of fans say that fan behavior at games has a great impact on their decision to buy future tickets for games,” he added. “Bad behavior includes abusive foul language and taunting. It impacts whether or not many fans will go to a game-or stay at home and watch it on TV.”
If fans stop buying tickets, it hurts revenue, so obviously, it is imperative to use a program like this. DiNunzio adds that it is not only about revenue to the teams, it’s about every fan having a right to enjoy the gameday experience.