Big Brother is Watching at Rogers Centre
I had head that the Rogers Centre cheap seats (those in the 500 level) were having trouble with rowdyness. To curb this rowdyness the normally very strict SkyDome (Rogers Centre) staff have cracked down even more and it seemed to me they were using technology to sleuth out dudes that like to drink Coke with some spice brought in from the outside.
During the first homestand, there were many fistfights reported in the stands and opening day was marred by a guy and his girlfriend who were too shy to take off their clothes but ok to run on the field. College bar antics were reported throughout the opening week rife with, “Show your boobs” chants with security standing by, waiting to get a glimpse and then escort the young woman off the premise. Classy.
On Monday nights game, when the Jays hosted the White Sox the security seemed to know exactly which group of 20ish males had just topped their Coke off with JD or CC. Security would come out of the gates and yell at the young ballfans in a most belittling way. The ring leader of the security force is a Dude in a Suit. Perhaps people will listen to a Dude in a Suit instead of a stadium security guard. It didn’t matter, the Dude in a Suit or security guards had no respect and usually need a cop to back them up.
Metro’s finest, on paid duty, have been relegated to watching who walks into the mens room with soft drinks then pointing them out to the Dude in a Suit who then sticks his nose in their softdrink after chasing them down and yelling at them. Then if the soft drink stinks they throw them out.
The only way that the Dude in a Suit and his lackies are getting their info is from the cops who watch bathroom doors or from cameras in the stadium that are meant to be used for fun. That’s right, the same cameras that you dance to when you are on the jumbotron are the ones being used to watch you pour a pint of whiskey into your pop.
Now, much of this is speculation but I agree that fighting in the stands has to stop. Beers sales on $2 Tuesdays have stopped to try to curp fan drunkeness. I feel this will curb it to some extent but more and more people will try to smuggle in the illicit sweet nectar known as liquor.
Perhaps the Jays should build a team that does not make fans have to drink to entertain themselves. The pitching duels are ok but it does not make for exciting baseball. I see no reason why the Jays should not target college aged fans as the die hard Jays fan either goes to every game anyways or they watch everygame on TV at home (Jays historically have tremendous TV ratings). You are not going to attract new fans with the team on the field this year (unless they win, which they won’t) unless you start promoting to the people that want to go to games in the first place (college aged fans).
The 500 Level seats are a great deal. They are normally $9 and $2 on Tuesdays. This is ideal for college age groups to come down and not have to spent $25-$50 each on tickets. If you let them buy beer they will, for sure, make up the difference in ticket price. If Jays management is worried about the language and actions that these fans use and how it may offend other fans or effect the game they should take into some consideration a new gimmick that other clubs are doing. They Jays should open a Party Zone in the 500 Level where a ticket gets you all you can eat and college antics would be encouraged. The LA Dodgers opened a section last year and the Oakland A’s and others, trying to draw in the 20 something/binge drinking crowd have followed suit. And, if you want to take your young family or a business associate to a game, don’t sit there unless you want to have fun.
Anyways, Jays fans, stop fighting when you get slopped up but don’t stop going, sometimes baseball can be fun to watch without the booze. And for Blue Jays security back off, your job is not that important. But keep working hard and maybe someday you can be the cop that watches people go to the bathroom.