NFL Code of Conduct Policy
If you're lucky enough to be attending a game at Lambeau Field this season, you'd better behave yourself! The NFL is cracking down on out of control fans. Video by nbc26.comvideo
GREEN BAY - If you're lucky enough to be attending a game at Lambeau Field this season, you'd better behave yourself! The NFL is cracking down on out of control fans.
Ask any Packers player, and they'll tell you their fans are a big part of the game.
"I think the fans play a bigger part in the game than they really know," said Packers Cornerback Davon House.
But sometimes, fans can get out of control. That's why the NFL is offering a new optional policy to educate unruly fans on the league's code of conduct. So far, eight clubs in the NFL are enacting a new policy that would require fans who are ejected from the game to take and pass a code of conduct exam online. Some Packers fans think it's a good idea.
"I think it should be a family game, more than just people trying to go get drunk and have fun at the game. I think you can drink at the game, but just responsibly," said Scott Gates.
During the 2011 season and post season, Green Bay Police ejected 245 people from Packers home games. But it's unclear whether the Packers will adopt the strict testing policy. In a statement to NBC26, NFL Spokesman Brian McCarthy said:
"This is not required, but an opportunity our office presented to clubs as a best practice. It's up to the club."
Some Packer Backers think making unruly fans take a test is taking things a little too far.
"The fans are part of the game. It's hard to take them completely out of the situation and have them take a test to put them back. The fans really pump up the team, and that could make some fans stay away from the game," said one fan.
NBC26 reached out to the Packers for comment, but there's still no word on whether they'll be adopting the policy for the upcoming season.