About the standing at football games

When should fans stand or not stand at a University of Louisville football game?

Some would say stand the entire game. That’s what they do at places like South Bend, College Station, and Gainesville. Not going to happen anytime soon at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Trying standing for the whole game and you may not make it through the game. A lot of people (some of them angry or doing a slow burn) are sitting behind you.

Maybe after Charlie Strong has been here for three or four seasons, things will change. But for now, here are few guidelines:

When to stand:

  • U of L enters stadium the first time.
  • Opening kickoff (and every kickoff thereafter).
  • Playing of school fight song.
  • Cardinal mascot parachute landing.
  • Recognition of former players and coaches.
  • Opponents are jumping on the Cardinal logo.
  • When U of L players motion for you to get up.
  • Louisville gains more than 20 yards on a play.
  • Anytime U of L scores.
  • Defense sacks an opposing quarterback.
  • Defense forces a fumble.
  • Defense recovers a fumble.
  • Defense makes an interception.
  • Anytime U of L scores.

Stay seated:

  • For the introduction of Dean’s Milk Chug mascot.
  • If someone is trying to start the wave.
  • If you’re freezing your butt off at the Liberty Bowl.
  • When the band plays “Y-M-C-A”.
  • A fight breaks out five or six sections away.
  • You’re on a cell phone waving to a caller on the other side of the stadium.
  • You’re trying to get a free T-shirt from Row QQ.
  • Waving signs for TV cameras.
  • If you’re the only one standing in your section.

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Charlie Springer

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

16 thoughts on “About the standing at football games

  • July 31, 2010 at 12:36 pm
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    Stand when Howard Schnellberger or his Florida Atlantic score is mentioned, especially if they are winning.

  • July 31, 2010 at 1:34 pm
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    If Louisville beats Kentucky, should Cardinal Fans Storm the Field? YES!

  • July 31, 2010 at 11:23 pm
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    Storm the field if we beat UK? Good god, no! Let’s act like we’ve been there before. And, UofL has. Have the memories of actual wins over the Big Blue during the Petrino, John L. and yes…even Ron Cooper stays faded?

    Stand in the first row and slap with the players after the game if (or if not) the Cards win. Get a roar going with about 30 seconds to go if we’re winning. Storm the field…though. I think not.

    And, I like ‘YMCA’ and “the wave”. I’m still standing for both, Charlie…sorry.

    • August 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm
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      Couldnt agree more Paul. The last thing Cards fans should do is act like its a big deal to knock off the Big Blue. It’s along the same lines as chanting ‘overrated’… big mistake. If we beat a team thats overrated, then what does that say for us? I hate that.

  • August 1, 2010 at 12:21 am
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    Definitely don’t stand when male cheerleader grabs the mic during the pregame! Maybe if no one responds they will axe that crap and we won’t have to endure it anymore.

    • August 1, 2010 at 7:10 pm
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      Somebody’s gotta get the lazy bums up that don’t get up for that other stuff!

      • August 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm
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        That stuff is completely bush league. Especially that proposal a couple of years ago. It was all staged I’m sure.

        • August 1, 2010 at 7:23 pm
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          Easy there big fella, you’re playing with fire. They are personal family friends and good people. That proposal was legit, I can guarantee that.

        • August 1, 2010 at 9:04 pm
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          I’m sure Jim Hill rehearsed that proposal many times over several days, hoping for the right answer.

    • August 2, 2010 at 9:27 am
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      Yeah, can we please get rid of the Vin Diesel wannabe? His act is embarrassing.

  • August 1, 2010 at 8:59 am
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    The most important — stand (and be quiet) during the National Anthem!

  • August 1, 2010 at 3:17 pm
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    And My Old Kentucky Home. played at the end and begining of every game.

    • August 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm
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      Standing for “My Old Kentucky Home” should be strictly optional.I knew someone was going to suggest that. I will remain seated, thank you.

      • August 2, 2010 at 9:41 am
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        you should stand. unless your not a resident of Kentucky, and even if your not, you should to show respect to those who do. Perhaps if you are unable to stand for an extra 90 seconds, sitting at home watching the game would be more to your liking.

        • August 2, 2010 at 7:38 pm
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          I like to stand and sing for both My Old Kentucky Home and the National Anthem. I am proud of my country, served it faithfully and I am proud to be a resident of Kentucky. Anyone who has a problem with that will just have to deal with it.

          As far as the “Vin Diesel” act before the game…sure, why not? We’ll never reach the intensity of Kentucky fans doing their “BLUE…WHITE” chant before the game but it doesn’t mean we can’t try…

  • August 3, 2010 at 5:09 pm
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    That’s the whole reason we moved our season ticket’s…We had the old folks home behind us and everytime we stood, like most normal college football fan’s….They would ask us to sit. Papa John’s Stadium is more like an NFL stadium because of the comfort level. Pros and cons to both I guess…..And play more metal please!

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