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Old 12-11-2013, 11:24 PM
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Some people attend a pro game to cheer for the visiting team. Maybe even insult the home team players. Does hostility between the visiting teams' fans and home team's fans? Recently, there was that incident at MetLife Stadium, and also a Dodger fan was stabbed in SF then died.

Just wondering what goes on, for example, when a Chiefs fan shows up at a Raider home game, a Cheesehead in Detroit, or a Red Sox fan in Yankee Stadium? Is there tension, or do both teams' fans usually get along?
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:59 AM
Location: Louisiana to Houston to Denver to NOVA
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In the Superdome, most of the games between rivals are clean. Even when we travel to Atlanta, Tampa, or Carolina it's generally a good vibe. There will always be drunks who make the fans look bad.
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:35 PM
Location: Lexington, KY
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I've been a fan of the visiting team in college sports. I don't know if pro would be worse or not, although I would imagine the incidents mentioned involved more than simple cheering.
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:10 PM
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Compared to soccer in South America and Europe, events are tame over here.

I'd have absolutely no trouble going to Metlife or Foxboro and cheering for the Ravens......because there's probably gonna be about 2,000 other people doing the same thing. I've gone to Shea stadium & Citi field a bunch of times to cheer for the visiting team. As long as your civil and not insulting the home team, 99.9% of the people will also be respectable towards you.
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:57 AM
Location: Tejas
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Things that happen in stadiums in Europe are blown out of proportion, full scale riots are not daily occurences. Plus you cant compare a stadium in countries where things are politically motivated because you rarely see any trouble like that in English/German/Spanish stadiums etc.

Thats to the popularity of YouTube there are countless videos at fights at NFL games. 3 stabbed at the last Brocons game and a guy stabbed to death at a Broncos game the month before. People need to get their heads out of their ass, bad stuff happens wherever you have drunk people in large numbers.
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:31 AM
Location: A great city, by a Great Lake!
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Being in Cleveland, being a Browns fan, and at one time having season tickets, I can tell you it can get pretty ugly for opposing fans. As others have alluded to alcohol is the great equalizer. Having said that, I'm all for good natured ribbing, but some people take it way too far. Not to mention if I'm a visiting fan, I would definitely keep my mouth shut, and watch the game, and not get involved in with the drama, for the simple fact that it isn't "my house." The problem is, there are certain fans from opposing teams that come in and try to mock, and rub it in the fans of the hometeam which isn't cool either. I can think of an occasion or two where I've almost gotten into it with Steelers fans, because of them trying to take it a step further. I've never had that issue with any other fans of other NFL teams.

My boss has season tickets, and he attended the Browns-Bills game which was a Thursday night game. He said the Bills fans in his section were constantly trying to start s*** with the Browns fans. Needless to say it didn't end well for them. I was also at a Browns-Bills game in the 90s when they played on Monday Night, and it was the same thing. All hell broke loose, and a few Bills fans got the crap kicked out of them!

The thing about Cleveland, is it is a blue collar hard working town. It's in the best interest of a fan of the opposing team to expect some ribbing, and avoid any sort of verbal confrontation. People do tend to talk with their fists here from time to time. And of course our fans have been known to fight each other too.
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Old 12-18-2013, 12:41 PM
Location: Scotland
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I have been injured at football (soccer) more times than I can remember - last time was in Glasgow where I had a glass bottle bounce off my head! It is bound to happen though - you get thousands of drunk men together then wa-la!

I, in my humble opinion, think it is what makes the atmosphere great. The feeling that anything could happen adds to the occasion.
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:17 AM
Location: Past: midwest, east coast
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It depends on the sport, city, and behavior.

From my experience, the NFL is the sport where the greatest danger lies for fans of opposing teams. For the MLB, NBA, and NHL, people in the stands (for both teams) are relatively civil. If you are a fan of the opposing team and act normal and respectful you'll be fine.

With the NFL it's a bit more complex. I think it's expected that fans for opposing teams will get playful flak from civil fans of the home team. But there area always a few who take things too far and purposely look for fights. Alcohol is a big issue. The demographics of the fan base matter as well. In Oakland, for example, many fans are lower-income, less-educated folks. In Washington D.C., fans are generally more educated and white-collar type (these are generalizations). Based on demographics, going to a Raiders game would put one in greater danger than being at a Redskins game.
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Old 12-27-2013, 06:09 AM
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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Totally agree about Washington vs say Philly or Oakland. There are idiots everywhere for sure but even when the Redskins were good and passion was high there wasn't much of a problem when compared to other stadiums. It really is pathetic when grown men act this way.
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Old 12-27-2013, 06:33 AM
Location: NY
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The reaction may be dependent on the sport and/or town.

I am a Bills season ticket holder, and we commonly have fans rooting from the opposition. Many are coming over from Canada. There can be some good razzing, but there generally are no major incidents (outside of an occasional scrum between drunks in the end zone... which is more about over-indulgence than team allegiance).

I am also a Cubs fan in baseball, and have seen them play in a ton of cities. I cannot say I have ever felt threatened rooting for them. Most cities fans have always been very welcoming to me rooting for the visiting club.
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