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Sports Etiquette: When to Leave and Return to Your Seat

By Mark Welling On September - 22 - 2009


People coming to and from their seat at any sporting event are just part of going to a game. Yet, we have all been to games when people abuse the good nature of the fans sitting around them by leaving and coming to their seats at random. These fans have forgotten the basic common courtesy that should be shown for the fans they are sitting next to at games. Likewise, many fans become overly critical of fans leaving their seats at all.

If you have ever been to any BYU sporting event you know the favorite saying of the older fans is, "SIT DOWN!!" Followed by a sob story about why they are never able to see their beloved Cougars playing football/basketball/baseball/squash/etc. because of terrible fans like you.

There are certainly two sides to this issue, here are some ground rules for both sides to abide by.

1) During the first part of the 1st quarter/half there shouldn't be any problems with letting fans into their seats at any point in the ball game. It doesn't matter if there is a break away basket or a touchdown pass in the air. If it is early in the game, the fans should be allowed into their seat...

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