“If you are concerned about bringing your family to a game, then that is an issue. It’s not just an issue for one team; it’s an issue for all 32 teams. The teams know this. The league knows this.”
– Amy Trask, former Raiders executive
Arrests have “trended slightly upward” recently, according to the Washington Post, in the stadiums and parking lots of NFL games. Despite the overall trend, there’s other data, too: Arrests go up when the home team loses. Arrests go up when the game is close. Arrests go up during evening and weeknight games. And the NFL knows it’s a problem, because when there’s been an arrest, it means there’s been some unruly behavior.
“Certain venues seem to be hotbeds for police activity,” Kent Babb and Steven Rich write for the Post, “particularly in parking lots, where oversight is not regulated by the league office and where alcohol consumption goes largely unmonitored.”
The kind of alcohol consumption we’re talking about here involves heavy tailgating, often for hours before games, so that by the time fans get into the stadium, they’re already pretty intoxicated. It goes without saying that this fuels fan violence, which often occurs between fans of rival teams.
Cincinnati and Cleveland ‘continually on league’s radar’ for number of arrests
These Ohio cities remain on the NFL’s radar. As the Post reports, Cleveland authorities wouldn’t fork over documents on public incidents, but both Cleveland and Cincinnati are apparent trouble spots for the NFL, along with cities like New York, which averages 21.96 arrests per game.
Arrested for fan violence or assault?
An NFL game is no place for violence – except on the field. That said, situations do escalate, and team rivalry can end in violence. This could lead to the arrest and assault charges against one or more parties. If you’ve been arrested for NFL fan violence that took place in a stadium or in a parking lot outside a stadium, consult with a criminal defense lawyer.