If you know anything about Steeler fans, you probably know that fans fly 3000 miles across the country to support their team live. I’m one of them. When I went to Superbowl XL—in which the Steelers beat the Seahawks—the Steelers fans outnumbered the Seahawks 17-1. When I went to Tennessee for a playoff game six or seven years ago, there were plenty of other terrible towels waving proudly in the air. So, when I found out that the Arizona Cardinals are trying to limit the number of visiting team fans (specifically Cowboy fans), I was extremely upset.
Cowboy fans are like Steelers fans in that they like to travel. So, I feel like I can relate. It would be like someone doing that to the Steelers. I would never want the Steelers to limit number of Browns fans in our stadium. Besides, that destroys the art of teasing the other team’s fans who show up at the local Pittsburgh restaurant. It’s part of the fun. They all do it to me when the Steelers are the visiting team.
But the Cardinals’ goal is to ensure home field advantage. As team spokesman Mark Dalton said, “Our goal is to have as many Cardinal fans in the stadium as possible.”
Now they aren’t going to say, “Anyone who is a Cowboys fan, you’re out of luck, because I’m not selling.” I’m not even sure you can do that. So here’s how they have cleverly decided to limit Cowboy fans: Any fan that wants to buy tickets to the October 12th Cardinal/Cowboy game HAS to buy tickets for the August 7th preseason opener against New Orleans. Obviously, no Cowboy fan wants to go the preseason opener for a team they don’t even support.
So, obviously, the Cardinals just want to sell out their stadium with Cardinal fans. They have about 58,000 season tickets holders and they want 60,000 (and then there’s the Steelers where there are no season tickets left) and 3000 seats for individual games. But I don’t think it’s fair to limit fans from other teams. I just think, I don’t know, that’s a little cheap.
I like having the opposing team at the Steeler stadium and I just like going to away games. It creates a unique, competitive atmosphere that’s important to the game. Limiting opposing fans is just foul play. 10 yard penalty, automatic first down.