Timbers Fans: Are you a Sitter or a Stander?
I was at the Timbers match Saturday night against Real Salt Lake when I witnessed something interesting. Several people in my section were asked to sit down by the ushers. We learned that section 117 was considered a "sitting" section, and if you're in that section, you're not allowed to stand for the whole game or at inappropriate times. Sure, you can stand and cheer when there is a great play, but you're asked to sit when the action isn't as exciting.
This made me curious because I've never heard of anything like this before. The Timbers front office wants to make sure everyone has a good time so last year, they documented what kind of fans were in each section. Did the majority of them stand or sit? Did they wave flags and cheer or take in the action in a more quiet manner? Season ticket holders were also polled in the off season, asking them what they prefer. For example, the majority of season ticket holders in section 117 preferred to sit, so that section became a sitting section. Team employees tell me if you're buying season tickets, you will be made aware of what kind of section you're buying. You can also ask at the box office if you're buying single game tickets. Employees also say if you are uncomfortable in your section, say if you're more of a stander and you're in a sitting section, they will try to move you if there are open seats available.
What do you think of this? It's the first time I'd ever heard anything like it. The Seattle Sounders do something similar but I can't find examples of any other team, or any other league, designating sections like this. What do you prefer to do at games, sit or stand? Were you ever asked to sit down at a Timbers game? How did you react? Let me know what you think!