After Saturday’s game between the Saints at 49ers at Candlestick Park, complaints emerged regarding the treatment of fans rooting for the road team.
Though the concerns were dismissed by some as the natural byproduct of wearing the colors of and/or openly rooting for the enemy, the 49ers and the NFL plan to avoid a repeat occurrence.
Per ESPN.com, security will be increased, with additional cameras and undercover police officers to spot fans who are abusive to others. Offenders can be kicked out of the stadium without warning.
Ideally, paying customers should be able to attend games and support either team, without fear of being physically or verbally threatened or abused. And if the NFL wants to always stage its games before a stadium full of fans, in many cases seats that otherwise would be empty will be filled with folks who choose not to root, root, root for the home team.
If abusive behavior continues, that’ll be an even bigger shame than the home team not winning.
So, hopefully, any hard hits or other physical activities between the Giants and 49ers on Sunday will be confined to the field of play.