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Undercover Seattle cops don 49ers gear to curb unruly behavior

The Seahawks announced the plan Wednesday, saying the goal is to ensure a safe environment for all fans

By Eric Williams
The News Tribune

RENTON, Wash. — 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.

"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.

Copyright 2013 The News Tribune

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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