Monday, May 05, 2008

Standing room only

One of the things I found cool about the quadruple-OT in Dallas last night was how many fans stood up through the whole game. Many at home were probably yelling "down in front", particularly when play went along the near side wall (Detroit's another one of those arenas where standing fans and cotton candy slabs obscure the broadcast).

However, I thought it would be great if more crowds got into this habit (at least for big overtime games). Am I the only one who feels cramped and constrained by the meager elbow and knee room in most stadiums? There's also less up and down movement required when a goal is scored, minimizing spillage, and the disruption due to latecomers to an aisle is greatly reduced.

If you think about it, sitting for five hours (not including the traffic / travel to get there and back) would have been like driving from Ottawa to Toronto in a Ford Festiva. Remaining standing was probably the only way to keep the blood flowing.


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