I do not frequent many sporting events. As a matter of fact, the WNBA is the only professional sporting event I have attended on a normal basis as a fan. I have been to a few Dallas Mavericks game, a couple of Texas Ranger games and one Dallas Cowboy game. I have attended too many WNBA games to count.
At sporting events I often expect loud yelling, standing, stomping, jumping. Generally, most arena have seating that will accommodate good views if all are standing or sitting. I have never had any issues any other sporting event with having a good time and cheering for the team, but for the WNBA I have experienced the issue and witnessed it.
It was 2016 when I had a seat on the front row of the section behind the visiting bench. There was usually someone different sitting beside me .One game there was a lady that was irritated with how I was acting at the game. She wanted me to stay seated so she could see. Was I rude not to because my team was currently engaging in an intense battle with the San Antonio Stars? I am not sure what the proper etiquette is so maybe you guys can help me out…
At the game on Sunday when the Wings hosted the Lynx, I was witness to the same situation. It was the ‘Hoops for Heroes’ game and a veteran was enjoying himself and very engaged. However, an older lady behind him said that she could not enjoy the game because he was standing up blocking her view. The lady held her tongue until the fourth quarter, but she had had enough. Once the vet gets up again as the Wings retain the lead she tells him that he needs sit down because people (she) cant see behind him.
What is the correct thing to do in this situation? The vet explained to her that what he was doing was a part of being a fan and he paid for his seat. He was sure to get in her way on purpose. Tbh, I had a similar reaction when the lady asked me to sit back in 2016. I mean, it’s not a movie. Has this ever happened to you? How did you handle it? What is proper fan etiquette? Let me know @WNBALove on the Twitter.