Surviving a trip to a rival stadium
Rival games are some of the fiercest competitions a sports team faces on a year end and year out basis. Fanatical followers of these teams (AKA fans) make the sojourns into enemy territories each year to see their teams compete and bask in the glory of their success or choke on the bitter pill of defeat.
On many occasions, unless proper protocol is followed, those sojourns can be unnerving at best, and downright painful at worst.
You see fanatics, by definition, have a nasty habit of living their lives vicariously through their chosen weekend warriors. They often take on the persona of their teams (and depending on how the season is going) can either be overbearing & pompous asses or bratty pissants. There is never a middle ground, and if there is, the fanatic in question has probably passed the age threshold where hormones trump reason.
Here are a few basic rules to live by if you want to make it through the tailgate, survive the game, walk back to your car in peace, and safely get back to your hotel unscathed.
Rule #3 (back to you car): Change shirts. A lot of people don't think about this beforehand, but we absolutely feel it is necessary to wear a neutral colored shirt under your jersey for the walk back to your car. This is not, and we repeat, not absolutely necessary if your team loses, but if you just kicked their team's ass you might want to refrain from rubbing it in their faces. Drunk people coming down off a 3 and a half hour detox, especially watching what they are passionate about go down in the flames of a burning dumpster fire, are often not rational. If you are incognito, they will probably run past you to take out their aggression elsewhere.
Disclaimer: SurvivalRecon is not responsible for any negative impact you may experience by adhering to our advice, or lack thereof. If it works, great, it's worked for us in the past. If it doesn't work and the guy you tried to run through with your Suburban ends up breaking your leg, please check out this informative article: So You've Broken Something, Now What?