Up until today I haven't given a lot of thought to the violence that goes on in the stands of an NFL game. I have witnessed fights in the bathroom, foul language between rival fans and even beer throwing( which is alcohol abuse in my house). I am a season ticket holder at Paul Brown Stadium, 5 years now, and have not had a problem with any fan around me. In fact, I frequently take my 12 year old son and the fans around me, also season ticket holders and most I would consider friends, curtail the cursing in consideration of my young sons presense. Even though the Bengals are losing right now, I enjoy the NFL experience. I enjoy creating memories for my son and I. I am now willing to give it all up. And thats not fair! And it is out of my hands.
I do not want to condemn every NFL city, but I can speak to the goings on outside of my immediate area at PBS. A story broke today about a Bengal fan that was sucker punched and knocked out by a Steeler fan. That is disturbing enough on its' own. Imagine the surprise and horror for the wife and step daughter when returning from the restroom they are met by security carrying an unconscience and bloody husband/ stepdad up the steps. No one was arrested and the victim, upon learning that security did not follow up and try to find the person that laid the cowardly blow, became outraged and was told that he would be arrested if he didn't calm down.
There are countless stories of people reporting bad behavior to our " jerkline", only to be the ones escorted out of the stadium. Mike Brown has offered nothing in way of customer satisfaction, security, a winning team or a sense of unity for Bengals fans young and old. Another sickening story that is unbelievable, except I heard it from the son himself. This son and dad have enjoyed Sundays at a Bengals game for more than a decade. Imagine the monetary commitment from ticket prices and parking to beer sales and seat licenses over 12 years. The dad had suffered 2 strokes and as a result cannot navigate stairs without a great deal of difficulty. When the son noticed that the second set of escalators were still not operational( 3 weeks in a row now) he politely asked secueity if they may use the then unoccupied elevator. "No, it is reserved for people in wheelchairs". The son watched his dad walk down the stairs, one foot down and the other on the same step, and so on. At the bottom of the steps stood another security guard. The son asked when the escalators would be fixed and was responded with " get the F out of the stadium".
In closing: security is on top of securing the elevators but not the safety of the fans in the stands. Mike Brown sent out a press release notifying that the price of a luxury box will be raised by $9,000 a game next year. Fans have sold out the stadium for the last 5 years and we have enjoyed 1 winning season and one playoff game. I AM OFFICIALLY DONE!