The NFL announced plans today to adopt a "Code of Conduct for Fans" that all 32 teams in the league will follow.
Creating an enjoyable in-stadium environment for all fans has long been an important goal of the NFL and is a fundamental component for the sustained success of the league. The code has been adopted as a way to retain and expand the special stadium environment.
"The in-stadium experience is critically important to the NFL, our clubs and our fans and it will be a major focus this season," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "We are committed to improving the fan experience in every way we can -- from the time fans arrive in the parking lot to when they depart the stadium. We want everyone to be able to come to our stadiums and enjoy the entire day."
"We believe that LP Field's atmosphere is one of the best in the league," said Titans Executive VP Don MacLachlan. "We will be vigilant in maintaining a fun and safe setting through the enforcement of the new NFL Code."
The NFL Fan Code requires patrons to refrain from the following behaviors:
- Behavior that is unruly, disruptive, or illegal in nature
- Intoxication or other signs of alcohol impairment that results in irresponsible behavior
- Foul or abusive language or obscene gestures
- Interference with the progress of the game (including throwing objects onto the field)
- Failing to follow instructions of stadium personnel
- Verbal or physical harassment of opposing team fans
Additionally, under the code, fans are reminded that they are responsible for their conduct as well as the conduct of their guests and/or persons occupying their seats. Event patrons and guests who violate these provisions will be subject to ejection without refund and potential loss of ticket privileges for future games. LP Field staff will promptly intervene to support an environment where patrons, their guests, and other fans can enjoy the event free from the above behavior.
This new conduct policy will be in place for the Titans first preseason game this week against St. Louis on Saturday, August 9 and will continue throughout the season. If fans have any questions or concerns about the new policy, they should contact the Titans ticket office (615-565-4200).
They shouldn't have that much problem implementing that here, but good luck enforcing it in places like Oakland and Philadelphia. If they are really that concerned about this they should stop selling beer at the games (or making people be sober when they come in). That would eliminate about 85% of the problems, but they aren't going to do that because every NFL team would lose a million dollars next season.