No room for fools

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

Beginning Saturday, B.C. Lions want only fans at every game.

Lions and B.C. Place Stadium kicked off their most aggressive campaign to stamp out bad behaviour yesterday. Jason Clermont and Tyrone Williams offer the dos and don'ts of the dome in posters and jumbotron ads, encouraging fans to cheer, laugh, sing and wave and refrain from swearing, fighting and getting drunk. Fans are urged to report fools to the closest stadium staffer or the incident reporting hotline at 604-661-3434.

"If we can get the fans starting to report people starting to act up, then our people can be more proactive in dealing with these situations," said B.C. Place general manager Howard Crosley.

Lions' president Bob Ackles said there were 38 ejections when the Edmonton Eskimos visited Aug. 5. Most offenders smuggled alcohol into the dome.

"Usually the problem we face is excessive drinking and sometimes it's before they get to the stadium and they carry on," Ackles said.

B.C. Place has been the site of a number of ugly, booze-fueled incidents during its 22-year history. A near-riot marred 1998's NFL exhibition between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. The campaign was developed by Reputations Corporation, B.C. Place and the Lions on the suggestion of B.C. Place's food and beverage contractor Centerplate. Lions will continue to stage pre-game block parties and give away mini footballs.


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