When you finished high school or college, you probably thought you were done with homework for good. No more studying, worksheets, quizzes, etc. And that may still be the case. But if you’re an Eagles fan who plans to get out of hand at Lincoln Financial Field this season, well, it’s going to be just like your tenth grade English class all over again.
As part of a league-wide initiative that already has debuted in New England and New York, any Eagles fan ejected from a game at The Linc this season will have to take a four-hour online course in order to gain re-entry to future games. And, oh yeah, those ejected will have to pay for the $55 dollar class, too. According to Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the team will add an additional charge that cannot run in excess of $100 dollars. That money will be donated to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Leonard Bonacci, the Eagles’ vice president of event operations and event services, explained the the goals of the initiative.
“It causes the person, hopefully, to think about what happened. When someone is ejected from the stadium, it can’t be seen as, ‘Oh, I got ejected. I’ll head back next weekend.’ It’s a big deal. And it really says something when you’re impacting someone’s experience so negatively that you had to be removed from the facility.”
Obviously, the in-game experience at Lincoln Financial Field is far more tame than those during the days of Veterans Stadium, but as long as the aggressive mentality of football fans combines with alcohol the possiblity of misconduct exists.
The Eagles, for their part, can probably held reduce poor behavior by not opting to throw the ball 56 times. Just a suggestion.