Etiquette for football fans

Sometimes it’s the little things that spoil the fun at football games. The worst offenders are people who would never violate etiquette at a Broadway production but routinely offend others in stadium settings.

  • Be in your seat before the game begins. Kickoff is sacred.
  • Don’t walk in front of other fans in the middle of a play. Wait till play is over, then move quickly.
  • Know when to stand or not to stand. Don’t be a dork.
  • Don’t boo the home team.
  • Keep a lid on the foul mouthing. Kids are listening.
  • Keep the cliches to yourself. We hate them.
  • Spare us the running analysis. We’re not impressed with your knowledge of the obvious.
  • If wearing headphones, don’t keep repeating what you hear on the radio.
  • Don’t ask seatmates what just happened.  The public address announcer will usually explain.
  • Limit alcohol intake.
  • Don’t leave until the game is over.

There really should be some rules, written or unwritten, that don’t have to be explained. What kind of fan behavior bothers you?

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

25 thoughts on “Etiquette for football fans”

  1. Another one, my favorite: Don’t wear UK garbage to Papa John’s or Jim Patterson Stadium if UK isn’t playing U of L.

  2. I agree with waiting until a play is over. The woman on our row gets up several times a game to go to the restroom. She’s oblivious to what’s going on on the field.

  3. I hate it when I am seated near a know-it-all who has to make a loud comment after every play. Such individuals tend to loudly pontificate, as if they want to demonstrate their knowledge to everyone around them. Usually, they come off sounding like a big goof. I’m all for cheering, but I don’t need to be bombarded with your personal insights/announcements.

  4. Know-it-alls who sit in front of me and must turn around to explain to me what I already know. OH, the worst: Bad breath, you are sitting too close to me dude! Back up.

  5. The worst is when old people don’t stand during big plays and yell at you to sit down. Old people that refuse to stand and get mad at younger energetic fans have no spot in the stadium even though they have money to afford good seats.

    1. Maybe they know when to get excited and when to stay calm. If you’re lucky, you’ll be an “old people” some day. Maybe not.

  6. I think there are younger fans who yell at the standers, too. We just remember the older ones for some reason. If there’s a huge play, stand up. Some people are attention seekers, standing at the wrong times. At any rate, I don’t think we can be selective about who attends games.

  7. I have a problem with the people who stand during the entire game.
    Big plays, long returns, I’m up and yelling with the best of them–but the entire game?

    And while I’m at it-please watch your beer. I don’t need more beer baths this year.

    1. Standing adds excitement and enthusiasm. People should stand the whole game and be loud

      1. ^YES!

        Did some of you actually sit during the WVU game in 06? Shame on you if you did!

        Since this is kind of a hot topic, someone should post a “when to stand, when to sit” list.

  8. Some guy in front of me leaves at halftime. Another one behind me goes in the third quarter. What’s up with that?

  9. I hate the guys who think they are football analysts. Every other play they are making pronouncements about this, that or the other. Most of them have never even played football. I want to tell them to shove it. So far I’ve been able to restrain myself but one of these days …

    1. What bothers me is people, who think everybody else is bothering them. But I hate people that stand at the railing by the ramps and blocl everybodys line of sight.

  10. I think I may have a reason why you see pUKe fans at the UL football and basketball games. A friend of mine doesn’t have season tickets to any of the games. Some of his vendors at where he works will gave him a couple of tickets a few times during the seasons. He said he’ll get tickets from one vendor that is usually the same seats each time he has went. There were a few times he went using another vendors tickets only to see pUKe fans sitting in the ones he used with the other vendor.

    As far as football goes, every fan needs to be in their seat at kickoff. No excuses. If they aren’t, I hope coach Strong will call them out on it. I think they should stop selling beer after halftime. My 2 cents.

  11. I’ve experienced the majority of these issues from my seat as well. And they are very frustrating. But CardRon touched on my biggest peeve. How can fans not be in the stadium for kickoff? This has been an embarrassment to Louisville for years. The beginning of the second quarter is generally when the seats start to fill. It appears that most prefer to continue the tailgaiting. I’m sure it will be full on opening day, and maybe a few games after since the new addition adds a little excitement. But give it a while, it’ll be back to the same old. We were called out on tv a few years back about the empty seats. And those of us with seats know exactly where everyone was…

  12. I had to sit next to a guy who drank beer the entire game, had the most annoying laugh and voice(the only way to get through the kragthorpe trainwreck). He spent 1 half drinking and the other half in the bathroom! got new seats in the new section!

    1. Me and my dad also try to make it for Kick-off because Louisville has the best pre-game cermonies in all of College Football! Marching band, cardinal bird, videos and players running on the field. It’s awesome. I love Louisville Football at PJCS!!!

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