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Bears Fans Must Clear Lots During Game Under New Conduct Policy
Published August 7, 2008
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Tailgate Outside Of Soldier Field This Season
STEEL CURTAIN: Steelers Chair Dan Rooney said that the team will take the new NFL Fan Code of Conduct "seriously, and there will be consequences for those who run afoul of its guidelines." Rooney: "We're going to throw them out." Steelers President Art Rooney II said that the policy "has necessitated 'a few changes' in the Steelers' game-day operation at Heinz Field, but 'nothing dramatic.'" In Pittsburgh, Mike Prisuta notes the Steelers "have had a fan hot line in place for several seasons and this year will implement a fan text-messaging system that will enable fans to report disturbances or unruly behavior and, in effect, police themselves" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 8/7). Also in Pittsburgh, Gene Collier writes while he is "generally a fan" of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, these "noble efforts are likely too late, particularly in Pittsburgh" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 8/7).
TITANS: Titans Senior Exec VP & General Counsel Steve Underwood said that fans "will notice some changes at LP Field," as there "will be new signage reminding fans of expected conduct." Rules about the "sale and possession of alcoholic beverages will be strictly enforced." Underwood: "We are also going to have stepped-up patrols from our security staff." In Nashville, Joe Biddle writes, "Although some might argue Goodell is trying to turn the NFL into the Goody Two Shoes League, all he is asking of fans is to show a little self-control. Is it too much to ask some wild-eyed drunk not to drown the fan in front of him with a beer?" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 8/7).