The Jacksonville Jaguars made a conscious effort to improve the fan experience at their home stadium, EverBank Field. More than $60 million was spent on improvements that include two new scoreboards and poolside cabanas.
While the franchise has taken steps to increase the level of enjoyment Jaguars fans have while attending home games, it has also requested a curtailment of one form of expressing excitement.
As SB Nation’s Big Cat Country shared, the Jaguars sent a letter to fans kindly reminding them to be courteous and refrain from an excessive amount of standing and cheering.
“The Jaguars have received multiple reports of individuals standing excessively without respect to other fans in the area. To be courteous to fans around you when you are standing and cheering for the team, we ask that you please stand with the flow of the game, making sure not to block aisles or prevent the flow of traffic.”
The letter also reinforces the standing policy in the Fan Code of Conduct and notes two “standing encouraged” sections have been created for those who prefer to be up out of their seats more frequently.
An increasing sentiment among NFL fans is that they enjoy watching games in the comfort of their own home, for various reasons. Harsh winter weather keeps fans away in some parts of the country. Raucous fans fresh off a few hours of tailgating with alcohol ruins the game for some.
In Jacksonville, fans are growing tired of staring at the backs of those in the rows in front of them. It’s obviously gotten bad enough the team felt the need to send a letter about it.