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Mind Your Manners, Sports Lovers: Here's the New Southern California Fan Code of Conduct

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Sports lovers, if you're in the stands to root, root, root for your favorite team, you're going to have to mind your manners. Two years in the making, today local government, law enforcement, and sports officials have announced an official Southern California Fan Code of Conduct."The 10-point code, intended to promote fans' enjoyment and safety, will be applied at every major pro and college venue in the area," explains the L.A. Times. The code will not replace those already in place for professional sports leagues and teams.

Venues, teams, and law enforcement have all agreed to cooperate to enforce the code, and caution sporting event attendees that they will make arrests for violators. There will be information sharing, too, so fans are warned that their shenanigans at Staples Center will be familiar to code enforcement personnel at Dodger Stadium, for example. A Fan Behavior Task Force will monitor the effectiveness of the code.

As announced today, here is the Southern California Fan Code of Conduct, via the Los Angeles Sports Council:

The [Name of Team and/or Name of Facility and/or Los Angeles Sports Council] supports the area’s outstanding collegiate and professional sports teams. In order to ensure a safe and celebratory environment, we ask that fans refrain from the following behavior at all events: • Profanity or other offensive language, whether spoken or appearing on apparel
• Smoking, other than in designated areas
• Intoxication or excessive alcohol consumption
• Bringing prohibited items into the venue
• Throwing of items or liquids
• Entering the playing field or court at any time
• Fighting or other threatening behavior
• Failure to retain ticket and/or present it to event staff if requested to do so
• Resale of tickets at the venue
• Violation of state or local laws