Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Seattle cops to don opponents' jerseys
By Terry Blount
Be careful, Seattle Seahawks fans. That person in a San Francisco 49ers jersey you might want to confront or heckle Sunday just might be a cop.
The Seahawks announced Wednesday that undercover law-enforcement officers will wear opposing team jerseys at games this season in an effort to quickly detect fans exhibiting unruly and inconsiderate behavior.
“We have great fans,” said Seahawks president Peter McLoughlin. “Our goal is to ensure a safe environment for all in attendance, including visiting-team fans.”
Here are a list of the things that can cause fans to be escorted from the stadium or open them up to arrest:
- Behavior that is unruly, disruptive or illegal in nature.
- Intoxication or other signs of alcohol or substance 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.
- Verbal or physical harassment of stadium guests and staff members.
- Smoking or tobacco use on CenturyLink Field property.
Similar to last season, fans asked to leave the stadium will be required to complete a four-hour online educational course on fan behavior before being allowed to return. The cost of the course is $75. Fans can report any inappropriate activity that is disrupting their enjoyment of the game via text message to HAWK12 (429512).