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Hawks announce undercover cops will police 49ers game

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 11, 2013 at 6:21 pm with 65 Comments »
September 11, 2013 6:21 pm

The Seattle Seahawks announced that the organization has hired undercover cops to wear San Francisco 49ers gear and police Sunday’s big contest in order to curb unruly behavior. Here’s the press release.

RENTON, Wash. – The Seahawks announced today that undercover law enforcement officers will wear opposing team jerseys to quickly detect fans exhibiting unruly and inconsiderate behavior.

“We have great fans,” said Seahawks president Peter McLoughlin. “Our goal is to ensure a safe environment for all in attendance, including visiting team fans.”

Seahawks game day staff will proactively intervene to support an environment where event patrons, their guests and other fans can enjoy the event experience free from the following behaviors:

* Behavior that is unruly, disruptive or illegal in nature
* Intoxication or other signs of alcohol or substance impairment that results in irresponsible behavior
* Foul or abusive language or obscene gestures
* Interference with the progress of the game (including throwing objects onto the field)
* Failing to follow instructions of stadium personnel
* Verbal or physical harassment of opposing team fans
* Verbal or physical harassment of stadium guests and staff members
* Smoking or tobacco use on CenturyLink Field property

Similar to last season, fans who have been asked to leave the stadium for violations of the Seahawks Fan Code of Conduct will be required to complete a four hour online educational course focused on fan behavior before they are allowed to return to the stadium. Fans will be responsible for the $75 cost of the course. The team will inform the fan once they have been cleared to attend events at the stadium. If a fan returns to CenturyLink Field without receiving authorization a criminal complaint will be issued against the fan as a “defiant trespasser” with the Seattle Police Department.

Seahawks season ticket holders are responsible for the behavior of persons using their seats. If those persons are ejected, the Seahawks may take appropriate action against the season ticket holder, up to and including season ticket revocation.

Fans can report any inappropriate activity that is disrupting their enjoyment of the game via text-message at HAWK12 (429512).

In recent years the Seahawks have enhanced its already comprehensive safety plans with additional measures such as pat downs, bag checks, hand held metal detectors and most recently the new NFL bag policy.

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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:


  2. sluggo42 says:

    And so now it comes to this. Gone are the innocent days of my youth…

  3. I feel this is more an indictment of our society as a whole. Many of us were raised to behave in a certain manner in public. Now, the hooligan culture is accepted. Sad that it’s come to this. I live in Upstate New York. I would never go to a ‘Hawks game in NY, Philly, or Foxboro. I don’t drink (by choice), but the atmosphere at games has gone WAY beyond ribbing and taunting, which I could accept if it stayed there. And Heaven help me walking out after we win. Not worth it any more.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Agreed. Dear lord. Why have them undercover? If they’re serious about stoping this type of behavior, make the extra police *more* visible, not less.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Agreed with Sluggo, that is…

  6. Dukeshire says:

    Oh, and season ticket holders are responsible for the actions of people in their seats if they sell or give them away? Give me a break.

  7. davidste says:

    Undercover in 49er gear makes many people possible officers and therefore multiplies the effect. I would hate to get that assignment “Hey Dave you’re wearing a 49er jersey to the Clink” I would have to quit!

  8. raymaines says:

    I’m all for the undercover guys wearing 49er gear but I have a question about holding season ticket holders responsible for the people using those tickets. What about the professional scalpers that sell their tickets on Stub Hub and the like?

  9. TacomaMatt says:

    Good Grief!!! Can this get any worse. I sit across from a group we call the Real-Housewives. All they do is socialize the entire game. Any time you remotely raise your voice at a bad call you get the stink eye. Guess I am going to have to start wearing a muzzle!!! This is my first time commenting, Love the Blog!!!

  10. I just heard that Eric is leaving for ESPN. Congrats! That is awesome, you have been great for us Hawk fans! The new guy will have some large shoes to fill. Best of luck Eric!

  11. Dukeshire says:

    Tacoma- Welcome and don’t be a stranger.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    What?! F**k no! Eric is not allowed to leave!! If that is genuinely true, most hearty and deserved congratulations. But what a loss here for us…

  13. That was my reaction too Duke :-(

  14. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    First Sando and now Edub! Congrats Eric you will be greatly missed.

  15. VNHLNFAN says:

    I thought they only did this when the Raiders were in town.. guess not. Don’t comment much around here but enjoy reading it everyday. Good luck Eric! Go Hawks!

  16. sluggo42 says:

    Eric leaving? The harrah…

  17. Well, I guess we could call up Francis Hughes and see if he wants to come back.

  18. sluggo42 says:

    Next man up!

  19. Ewalters7354 says:

    Ryan who is this Todd Dybas?Is he any good?

  20. VNHLNFAN says:

    There is always Hugh Millen..not

  21. raymaines says:

    Totally unrelated: The Seattle Times Blog is better now that Bob Condotta is running things. Mike and Eric were GREAT, Frank not so much. Maybe Ryan will up the bar one more time. Congratz Eric!!

  22. Is Eric gonna work on the NFCW blog with Sando, or the AFCW blog, or?

  23. Duke – just got your message. Crazy. Happy for Eric but sad for us. Ryan – you should come over and cover a good team!

  24. raymaines says:

    I think it’s really cool that our little ol’ home town fish wrap could produce such all stars as John Clayton, Mike Sando, and now the esteemed Eric D Williams. Way to go TNT!! Through it all, my favorite writer has been Dave Boling, insightful sports and travel guy.

    I love Eric, but I’m looking forward whatever happens next.

  25. SideWalkHawk says:

    Big ups to E-Rock. Could see this one coming a mile away. Maybe it was when he was on Mike and Mike dropin knowledge… I’m gonna miss all that old school rap that he puts on before his talks with Rob Rang. Don’t let the big stage change you Eric.

  26. What about the professional scalpers that sell their tickets on Stub Hub and the like?

    Maybe they will lose their season tickets and it will go to someone on the waiting list who really wants to actually be there!!!

  27. Meg Wochnick good take over!

  28. wabubba67 says:

    Time to replace the Russell Wilson banner with a sweater vest.

  29. Do we know this for a fact? I guess Ryan commenting is confirmation?

  30. seatowntp says:

    The same Frank Boos, I mean Hughes, that brilliantly decided to take a week vacation coinciding with the beginning of training camp? Brilliant! No thanks. Frank Hughes was a catalyst for the rise of Seahawks Addicts! That clown didn’t give two shyts about Seahawks Insider. He should have been shipped to OKC with the sonics.

  31. Ewalters7354 says:

    Bbmate it’s on twitter.The new guys name is Todd Dybas from Boston.

  32. mystireeman says:

    how about undercover policemen wearing seahawks gear? this kinda stuff happens more towards us than the other way IMO.

  33. SandpointHawk says:

    Todd’s a baseball reporter looks like for TNT now, he was in Boston last year…

  34. SandpointHawk says:

    Sorry see Todd has(had) the huskies also. He says Eric is going to ESPN to cover the Chargers… (mercy me)….

    Todd Dybas ‏@Todd_Dybas 10h

    Excited to announced I’ll be taking over the #Seahawks beat for the @thenewstribune starting next week.

  35. Aww Hell! Say it ain’t so, Eric!

    Well, Tacoma and the Hawks for a paper that’s likely dying, or working for ESPN in SD?! Ya gotta take the job based on weather alone lol!

    Best of luck, you will be missed!

  36. NYHawkFan says:

    Eric, thanks for all you’ve done over the years covering the Seahawks. Don’t forget us, and best wishes in your new assignment with ESPN covering the Raiders! (He can only wish)

    Perhaps like Sando, he’ll remain in the Pacific Northwest. And as raymaines said, Seattle talent is making a mark and getting some attention throughout the sports world.

  37. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I knew this day was coming. It was just a matter of time. I joked about it a couple times the last few months but I didn’t think it would happen this soon.

    Thanks very much Eric for letting us be knuckleheads from time to time, and I wish you the best of luck moving forward.

  38. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I hope it wasn’t the song parodies that chased you away. Lol.

  39. Palerydr says:

    Eric best of everything to you in your new position although it’s gotta be tough covering the Chargers this year. Then again maybe it will be easy as you can point out their many flaws as they battle your Raiders for the div cellar. :)

  40. SandpointHawk says:

    He gets to see his Raiders twice a year.
    Eric you will be missed…

  41. Thanks Eric, really enjoyed your work and thoughts. I would love to see Rob Rang fill in more. Is that even possible?

  42. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I don’t know if we will be getting links today, however fieldgulls is another good place to get them. Especially if you live in the Eastern time zone.

  43. I don’t comment often, but I admit I will miss reading Eric’s work. I always look forward to you columns. Good luck to you in your ventures.

  44. sluggo42 says:

    Eric, as a life long fan since day 1, please allow me to say that your work on this site was deeply appreciated by any and all who might have stumbled upon this little blog. For people like me who need all the little factoids and insight of someone who truly enjoys the game, and not to mention the team, even though your heart lies elsewhere, I pass along a hearty “thank you” for your service. Without any doubt, it was fantastic and deeply appreciated. Welcome to soCal, it’s not a bad place to hang out.

    Now to the new guy Todd…

    It’s 7:15 am. There isn’t anything new posted yet. Where are our morning links? Do you suppose you could put it into gear and take your foot off the clutch? Lets get with it mate, we’re waiting.

    Crickets…. Fingers tapping…. *yawn*…..

  45. RDPoulsbo says:

    Wow….just have to add to the list of congrats to you, Eric. Thanks for all the long hours and hard work you put into covering the Hawks for us. Hope you’re not stuck covering the Raiders…

    As for the undercover cops, I’m all for it. Added success recently has led to some overly drunk people acting like they can do what they want. This isn’t Philly or Cleveland. This is Seattle for god sakes. I’m all for season ticket holders being responsible for those sitting in the seats as well. If you are one, go to the game or give them to friends you can trust. If scalpers lose their tickets, good. Hopefully a real fan can purchase them when they go up for sale next year.

  46. SandpointHawk says:

    Hey sluggo, Todd’s tweet stated he was starting here next week…

  47. Thanks Eric, Happy Trails
    As for the Popo incognito, my only complaint is there is no real guide to what is excessive. Is yelling Whiners Suck!!! ticketable, or what is? Especially after they walk around and 50,000 Hawk Fans harass them all day, they may just say enough is enough and start writing tickets because they are tired of getting ribbed and start writing tickets.
    The Guide mentioned above in the article is for the Stadium and has been that way for several years at least, so loosing tickets for bad behavior has been around for a while it’s not new.
    I also like the idea of SPD being in Seahawks gear too, Whiners fans especially the gang banger types cruise for trouble. Just like any fan base there are good and bad apples, but out of all the opposing team fans the whiners are the most confrontational.
    I’ve said before part of being an opposing fan at any stadium is getting harassed a little.
    If I went to a game somewhere else in Hawks Gear and no one said anything I’d be burned out. A little friendly harassment is expected, just need to know where the line is.
    I’ll be harassing Whiners Fans All Day Long!!! Starting at the Tailgate, but at the same time I’d invite them to join us for a beer and food as well.

  48. tealskin says:

    Eric, Just another voice to say thanks for the high quality work you’ve done inspite of loyalties being elsewhere. You’re head and shoulders above much of what passes for sports coverage on the internets. Plus, you seem like a genuinely good guy. Good fortune.

  49. Long time reader but this is the first time I’ve posted.

    Just want to thank Eric for the work he’s put into Seahawks Insider. This has always been my first source for Hawks news and it has never disappointed. Best of luck in the future Eric, it’s well deserved.

  50. I welcome opposing fans, and I am fine with policing Seahawks fans who are going too far, but I have had many more problems with visiting fans.

    At the Broncos game we had to deal with two drunk obnoxious Denver fans getting in everyone’s faces. In the past few years, we have had three beer showers from visiting fans too drunk to hold their cups, and numerous opposing fans who are drunk, loud, and out of control. I hope the cops are watching them, too.

    BTW, I am bringing PEDs for the 49ers game. Ordered a bottle of professional-strength non-alcoholic throat spray so I can keep screaming as loud as I can. Go Hawks!!!

  51. edit…drunk, PROFANE, and out of control. Loud is fine.

  52. HawkfaninMT says:

    I will throw out a Congrats to Eric as well… One of the problems with having a great columnist at a smallish paper is they will eventually get snatched up by a bigger one. COuldn’t have happened to a better, great columnist.

    Thanks Eric

  53. Just wanted to say I’m in favor of the undercover policemen in 49ers gear. Though it is hard to use anecdotal evidence to really know the extent of any situation, I’ve heard enough from opposing fans over the years to reluctantly conclude that there may be a minority of Seahawks fans at the games that cross the line from friendly banter to harassment. We’re all Americans at the end of the day and have a right to feel safe at something that is, in reality, entertainment.

  54. Ravens worked out Leroy Hill yesterday

  55. tealskin says:

    Gusset, The reality is that is more than entertainment for many people. Not to get too deep into it, but there is a dark side to fandom. Many people have died at sporting events, (especially soccer),so it’s probably a sign of things to come.

  56. chuck_easton says:

    Sorry to see you go Eric, but happy for you as well. It’s a good feeling to be recognized for your writing talent. No complaints to TNT as it must be hard for them to sit by and watch all their talent move on to bigger and better things.

    In the Seahawks tradition, next man up! But he’s got some pretty big shoes to fill and he’d better know where to get some cool sweater vests!

  57. Well said Gusset.

  58. adding my thanks to Eric for really keep this blog an active and lively place. you will be missed – and good luck at the new gig.

    in other news, did you see this?

    Have Kam and Brandon and Bobby W. seen this??

    I hope so.

  59. Congrats to you, Eric and thanks for hte great work here. ESPN definitely needs the talent.

    Can’t replace you, but hopefully this blog maintains the quality it’s had for the years you covered it.

  60. Undercover cops in 9ers gear is bullshit. Cops in C-Town are already over zealous, what’s stopping them from instigating or esculating situations torwards us. Also, doesn’t this give 9er fans carte blanche to act even more like assholes because they no that their are undercover cops dressed like their stupid asses and that most fans won’t say anything back do to the fear it could be a cop. I would never wear Hawks gear in the bay and not expect things to get sketchy so why is it different up here. Just have the cops wear their regular unis. WTF.

    On a side note, thanks for your time here Eric, good luck.

  61. Antideluvian says:

    Hey Eric…thanks! You’ve been great, and have kept this as a “go to” place for Seahawk fans. Congrats on the new gig….but we will surely miss you.

  62. RDPoulsbo says:

    Will this mean Divish will be freed from pergatory (covering the Mariners) or will someone else be brought on?

    From my experience in the stadium, I’ve never witnessed a situation where fans have crossed the line. The bantering is there and sometimes can be heated, but it never got personal and all sides enjoyed the back and forth. Getting violent or even chasing down visiting fans as they’re just headed to the restroom is never cool though. I’m sure it happens, but I also think it’s a very small minority. Unfortunately, those people can ruin the reputation of the rest of us.

  63. SandpointHawk says:

    If I paid taxes in Seattle, I’d be upset that my tax money was going for football jerseys…

  64. doubledink says:

    A well deserved congratulations, Eric. We have all enjoyed the fruits of your hard work these years. Thank you and good luck.

    I’m glad to see them taking steps to corral abusive behavior in the stands. The color of jersey will not stop them from tagging visitor fans either. It will clean up the experience for everyone. If you see stuff going on that is out of bounds, use the text toy to alert it. Well done, Seahawks.

  65. Congrats Eric! You will be missed, but I’m sure great things await!

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