Four students were asked to leave the men’s basketball
game at Moby Arena Saturday after refusing to sit down in their
Dan Maniscalco, Todd Watson and two of their friends were
standing and cheering in their front-row seats when spectators
sitting in the seats directly behind them began yelling for the
foursome to sit down, while throwing programs and flyers, said
Maniscalco, a senior construction management major.
“I’ve never heard of anything like this before,” Maniscalco
said. “Everyone was standing around us except for the 30 people
behind us who were yelling, but we shrugged it off.”
Those seated behind Maniscalco and Watson asked security to
remove Maniscalco and his friends. A security guard, employed by
Contemporary Services, a security service contracted by CSU, asked
Maniscalco and his friends numerous times to sit down and to comply
with other fans who could not see the game, said Doug Max,
operations manager and associate athletic director of
During the second half of the game, Maniscalco, Watson and their
two friends were escorted out of Moby and asked to leave
“I didn’t know people could be kicked out for standing up and
cheering,” said Watson, a senior accounting major. “When you go to
a football game, you expect to stand.”
Max said these students were asked to leave the arena to
“alleviate a tough situation,” one that could have been avoided had
the students complied with basic common courtesy.
“There are places to go to stand up the whole game,” Max said,
adding that fans should be aware of others around them.
He said there are no specific rules regulating students’
behavior at games, but common courtesy is something all students
should use. He said issues with lewd behavior, lewd language and
throwing things are not acceptable, but the biggest regulation on
behavior is common courtesy.
“Common courtesy is (determined by) where you are.”