Angry Alexis: Don’t Tuck Your Jersey Into Your Pants – A Lesson In Fan Etiquette
The Tampa Bay Lightning have reached the halfway point of their season and they have more than exceeded expectations. Despite some pretty serious adversity, the Bolts are sitting in second place in the Eastern Conference. Our local hockey team’s home games remain a hot ticket and the stands are often full. Stadium regulars know the ins and outs of game day like the back of their hands. Even so, it’s always good to brush up on our arena etiquette. Here’s a few things to brush up on before the Bolts return home on Thursday:
Don’t stand up, try to move down aisles, up and down the stairs, etc when the puck is in play. Picture it: the Lightning have been steaming towards their zone to make a play and someone stands up to go get nachos and you miss the whole thing. Ushers stop you from heading to your seat during the action for a reason. It’s disruptive and it only takes seconds for things to happen in a hockey game.
Don’t yell “SHOOT! SHOOT!” as soon as the Bolts enter the offensive zone. It’s never a mistake to put the puck on net, but there needs to be some sort of organization to maintain possession. Some allowances will be made for late in the power play, when even we sometimes exclaim “For the love of Gretzky, put the puck on net!”
Don’t do the Wave. It’s annoying and blocks the view of the ice. More than that, the wave means that the crowd is bored and needs something to occupy them other than the game taking place. It’s disrespectful to your fellow fans trying to watch the action and the players on the ice.
Don’t boo your team. It’s just rude. When things aren’t going well, it’s understandable that fans want to make their voices heard. Don’t boo the players and coaches who are trying to do the best with what they’ve got. After all, we have the internet to air our grievances.
Don’t tuck your jersey into your pants. Hockey fashion faux pas no matter where you are.
Think very carefully about what you’re putting on your jersey when having it personalized. When STMs were given new sweaters a few years back, we could basically do whatever we wanted on them. What has arisen is a ton of businesses, nicknames, and oddities that ensure Lightning fans are regular parts of Puck Daddy’s Jersey Fouls. Some of these things are just weird. Some border on being obscene. Trust us, dude. Unless you’re Doug Glatt, you don’t need to be wearing a certain number.
Leave Eric Brewer alone.
There you have it. A few rules to help us all out the next time you head down to the arena. You may have paid for your seat, but so did everyone else. Some of us paid for it for 40+ home games a season. We’re all there to have a good time, so let’s do our part to make sure everyone’s experience is a good one.
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