Monday, January 11, 2010
Nearly two weeks ago a group of friends and I went to a home basketball game here on campus to cheer for my favorite college basketball team, the UNLV Runnin' Rebels. Although I'm a student here at BYU, I grew up watching UNLV play and they continue to be my favorite team, so, having an "All-Sports Pass" I have been looking forward to this game all year. My friends and I all sat together and cheered our team on until midway through the second half when a group of security guards came and said we either had to leave or remove all the colors we were wearing for the opposing team. Some of the guards said it was a rule stated on our tickets, but none could show us where. Other guards said that the rule was printed on a small sign above stairs where you enter the stadium. We ended up making a deal with the guards and surrounding fans that we could stay if we all put our coats on and covered up our team colors (although other, more ignorant, BYU "fans" were still wearing red around us and were not bothered by security). A rule stating that nobody can wear the colors of the opposing team in the "All-Sports Pass" seating area is unfair and ridiculous. Everyone pays the same price for their tickets whether I cheer for BYU or not at a game is not the point, I paid for my tickets and I should be able to enjoy the game. The rule is not well known by any means and the only place it is stated is a small sign by the stairs in the stadium. So if I were to show up to a game with the wrong colors on by accident one week they wouldn't let me in to the game. Although I don't think even all the security guards know the rule so maybe I could pass right by like all the "fans" attending that game a couple of weeks ago that were also wearing red. If nothing else they should enforce the rule equally among all and not just to a select group that happen to be actually cheering for the game.