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Fan given warning card for excessive standing during Chiefs-Cardinals game (pic)

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A fan claims he was given a card informing him that he has been warned for committing the egregious act of excessive standing during the Arizona Cardinals’ 17-14 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday.

Justin Holm posted supposed evidence that he was warned about his transgression against stadium decorum to his Instagram account, actions which apparently violated the stadium’s “Code of Conduct” policies.

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He also posted the back of the card.

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As is now the case in several arenas and stadiums around the country in both the professional as well as collegiate ranks, the University of Phoenix Stadium explicitly spells out what is considered acceptable and unacceptable behavior as it relates to the “Cardinals Code of Conduct” (here, in PDF form) A list of dos and don’ts and other stadium policies are listed on the Cardinals official website and the issue of “excessive standing,” whatever that means, is explained as follows:

Fans that enter University of Phoenix Stadium are asked to enjoy the game from the comfort of the seat that is indicated on their ticket. Please keep in mind that when you stand, you block the view of other fans behind you. It is not the Cardinals’ intent to limit fan’s enjoyment of the game and cheering after great plays, but continuous standing in seating areas will not be tolerated. Continuous or excessive standing is addressed in the Cardinals Code of Conduct and will be monitored by stadium security. Standing to watch the game is not permitted along the sidelines of the 400 level concourse. These areas must stay clear for fans using the stairways to the terrace level seating. Portions of the south endzone bridge are also considered no standing zones. Please follow the directions of ushers and security.

While there may be some merit to many of the policies entailed in these so-called “Fan Code of Conduct” edicts, excessive standing seems a bit on the ridiculous side. At the same time, anyone who has attended a sporting event can attest to the fact that boorish behavior often can be the norm. There are probably several examples of incidents where cretinous sorts stand the entire game simply to annoy those fans seated around them, just as it happens on as many occasions where a fan reports a fellow fan to security for excessive standing when no such overzealous conduct occurred.

[H/T Pro Football Zone, top image via azcardinals.com]