We’ve all seen fans running on the field of play at sports events just to get their face on camera and generate “likes” on their social media accounts.
In 2021, parents seemed to encourage their children to storm the pitch in Premier and FA matches so the child could claim the jersey of an obliging player. Though initially cute, the proliferation of this behavior evolved into older fans trying to raise their social media profile by storming the field and running at the players.
Fans were enraged by the disruption because this was Roger Federer’s last tournament before retiring from the sport.
As if they do not have enough to do, planners and security need to prepare themselves to contain the ‘fuss’ before it gets out of control.
In my view, it is only a matter of time before an activist kills themselves or harms others with their antics at a sports or entertainment event. We need to bring back the fun and do away with the fuss, now!