Violence in the Stands
Why it is Important to educate about Spectator Violence
Fan or spectator violence should not be taken lightly and all should be well aware when they are heading out to view their favorite team. Not only can violence take place during the game, but after the game as well. It can be due to disgruntled fans or, as mentioned above, the occasional fan who has drank too much all game.
There are multiple example of fans getting into fights after games. An example that took place two years ago after a NFL game included three fans being stabbed in a parking lot. Stated in an article on Huffington Post, "At least three people were stabbed in a parking lot at Sports Authority Stadium Field at Mile High after the Denver Broncos' game Thursday night" (Huffington, 2013). This is an extreme situation, but this isn't the only one that has taken place.
The more that fans become associated with a specific sports team the more the violence is going to increase and take place. As mentioned, everyone should be well aware of this information before heading out to a sporting event.
Cox, R. H. (2012) Sport Psychology: Concepts and Applications (7th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill
Huffington Post. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/13/denver-broncos-stabbing-parking-lot_n_4437377.html