In the U.S., go to almost any professional sporting event and look in the stands — just about everyone sits. But at soccer matches throughout the world, many fans prefer to stand.
The tradition of standing is so entrenched that games like Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League semifinal at London’s Emirates stadium often elicit battles between ticket-holders who want to stay on their feet and security guards who want them to relax a little.
In fact until the 1990s, stadiums in England included large standing terraces where spectators were treated like cattle. In America, however, custom and shouting have always kept people down in front at big-time baseball or basketball games.
“I don’t see myself going to watch a game and sitting down,” says Oscar Zambrana, a Bolivian-American in Virginia who runs the D.C. United supporters’ group, La Barra Brava. “To me sitting down is kind of boring.” Read the rest at the Wall Street Journal.