Yesterday, was a big day for sports news in Los Angeles as the community benefit program was not the only sports related announcement this morning and across the way, a new fan conduct policy was announced making attending a sporting event a little nicer and the screaming at refs or any kind of violence will result in penalties.
Break any of its 10 commandments, officials said, and you’re either out on your ear – or you’ll be sent to jail.
“The first code is that you can’t swear anymore applies to me,” jokingly said hockey fan Tim Leiweke, president of Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns the L.A. Kings, the L.A. Galaxy, hosts the L.A. Lakers and hopes to woo a professional football team downtown. “So I’ve promised to abide by the new code.”
The so-called Southern California Fan Code of Conduct, created by the Los Angeles Sports Council, was announced by more than two dozen of the region’s top professional and college sports teams, law enforcement and elected officials at a downtown news conference. A lot of the rules have been in effect at most stadiums including the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and a lot of the rules makes common sense like no swearing or offensive language, even on T-shirts. Also, no smoking except in the tiny corral outside, no drunkenness or “excessive alcohol consumption, no bringing barred goodies into games, and no fighting or threatening behavior.
A Lot of the rules makes common sense, but after incidents like the Bryan Stow beating at Dodger stadium that put fan conduct on the map, the shooting in Arizona after a Cardinals vs Raiders game, or the numerous fights that have happened at football games.
The Fan Commandments apply to all venues that seat 10,000 seats or more. So, high school sporting events and most division 3 sporting events who do not have 10.000 seats this rule does not apply, but common sense should.
The new rules were drafted by the L.A. Sports Council Task Force on Fan Behavior following a Fan Behavior Summit last summer of nearly 100 top members in area sports and law enforcement.
“This is a real team effort,” said David Simon, president of the sports council “This is our message: We of the community, sports, government and law enforcement have come together to address bad behavior issues at our local arenas and stadiums.”
But LAPD representatives who attended the meeting gave Los Angeles sports fans high praise and said most are very well behaved outside of some rioting during victory parades in recent years.
“I don’t think that right now venues in Los Angeles are seeing horrendous fan behavior,” said Police Chief Charlie Beck, who supported the new rules. “I think all of us look outside Los Angeles and see things that occur in other venues that is much more egregious.
“I think what we want to do is establish a sporting culture in Los Angeles that invites families … that doesn’t drive people away, but encourages people.”
Here is a portion of the release handed out by the Sports Council, notifying unruly fans that their behavior will no longer be tolerated:
• Profanity or other offensive language, whether spoken or appearing on apparel
• Smoking, other than in designated areas
• Intoxication or excessive alcohol consumption
• Bringing prohibited items into the venue
• Throwing of items or liquids
• Entering the playing field or court at any time
• Fighting or other threatening behavior
• Failure to retain ticket and/or present it to event staff if requested to do so
• Resale of tickets at the venue
• Violation of state or local laws