A big time out for unruly football fans!
I've often thought to myself that it was good that I was a tomboy growing up. I can remember going to spring training games as a kid with my family and even got thisclose to the legendary Willie Stargell at Pittsburgh Pirates spring practice sessions in Bradenton. I liked to run and play kickball and tennis. I certainly felt prepared for spring soccer, fall soccer, spring baseball, T-ball, swimming, etc. with my two sons. And I can't count how many spring training and Rays games we have attended. The Rays in particular do a lot to cater to families with kids.
One day I would love to take my kids to see the Bucs play -- but lots of folks say to hold off until they are much older. That's because the behavior of fans at games have left many stadiums family-UNfriendly. The problem has gotten so out of hand that the National Football League and all 32 clubs have instituted a code of conduct -- for fans! Fans who are excessively unruly can even be kicked out of the stadium without getting a refund. Talk about a time out!
Have you Mommas ever felt like you couldn't take your kids to a game because the crowd language was a little, shall we say, spicy? Tell us about it here. And tell us what else the NFL could do to make the games even a little family friendlier -- more family restrooms, more chicken fingers, playgrounds, etc.
-- Sherry Robinson