|Less tailgating time for Giants, Jets fans|
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|Tuesday, 12 August 2008 07:17|
Parking lots for Giants Stadium, the Izod Arena and the Meadowlands Racetrack will open five hours before events, instead of seven.
In addition, season ticketholders who are ejected from the stadium or arena will have their tickets revoked, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority announced Tuesday.
If the season tickets are being used by someone other than the owner, the owner will be sent two warnings. A third incident will result in revocation, said Dennis Robinson, authority president and CEO.
``This program is, plain and simple, about respect. Respect for oneself and one another,'' Robinson said.
Each team can decide whether to issue refunds for revoked tickets, he said.
The New York Giants and New York Jets play at the stadium, and the New Jersey Nets play at the arena. The teams did not immediately return calls seeking comment on their policies. Nearly all football seats are held by season ticketholders.
The authority also took steps to prevent harassment of women. Last season, security at the stadium's Gate D was increased at Jets games because hundreds of men would gather at halftime and demand that women expose their breasts. View-blocking banners will be hung on the spiral staircase to help eliminate the problem, which did not occur during Giants games.
Unchanged is the halftime cutoff for alcohol sales, said to be the most stringent in the NFL, and the limit of two drinks at each purchase.
The authority is also introducing a text messaging system that will allow fans to notify stadium management of problems.
Copies of the fan ``code of conduct'' will be posted and distributed. Among other items, it requires fans to sit in their ticketed seats and refrain from ``foul or abusive language and obscene gestures and harassment of visiting team fans.''
It states that, ``Guests who engage in fighting, throwing objects or attempting to enter the field of play will be immediately ejected.''
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