As a fan and season ticket holder I am torn about the presence and rabidness of guest fans.
On one side I am happy to see the arena filled vs one with empty seats. It adds to the sense of camaraderie about a sport that I am passionate about.
Conversely when these guest fans bring their costumes and customs (Chicago’s cheering during the anthem) and when they appear to cheer louder than Stars fans cheer after an opponent’s goal – I feel somewhat diminished by my fellow fans inability to bring the same enthusiasm for our boys.
I had the chance earlier this year to attend a Stars game in Nashville. I didn’t wear my Stars jersey – primarily since I thought I would get singled out by Preds fans and I wanted to avoid confrontation. Instead, when the Stars scored I leaped up and cheered – albeit mostly by myself as very few Stars fans were in the stands. Awkward. Nearby Preds fans provided some good natured heckling. All tasteful, but they made their point. I was in their house. When they scored I heard their derision towards me in a big way – again, tasteful, but in a stern way.
I read an article yesterday that the Arizona Diamonbacks ask guests who wear opponents jerseys to cover them with another shirt – or they are asked politely to leave (and given a refund). Struck me as harsh, but boy I wish Galardi did that when Chicago came to visit last month.
So what to do in Dallas for our final game when the inevitable hoards of Wings fans will be sitting next to me, in front of me and behind me.
Some say just cheer louder when we score. Some would say cuss them out and make them uncomfortable.
Personally we are too polite now, so I think we need to step up and find a way to make our guests feel as though they have overstayed their welcome.
More direct electronic messaging from our jumbotron?
Noise makers to drown their cheers out?
White towels to wave in their faces?
Let’s fill this blog with ideas – send them off to Galardi and Co and re-set the balance towards these annoying gnats.