Less-Than-Graceful Moments: Stadium Etiquette

Sometimes GracefullyHappy Monday!

If you need a little “pick-me-up” this morning, we’re going to be discussing Stadium Etiquette today on Sometimes Gracefully, because Darebear and I ventured to a Minnesota Vikings game last week and boy did I have my share of “less-than-graceful” moments. Don’t get me wrong, I love attending games, but crowded public spaces, loud noises, cramped seating, stairs….something was bound to happen.

  1. Tiny Seats: Yes, I understand the need to cram as many fans into the stadium as possible, but do seats really have to fit only half a person? This problem naturally leads to an unhealthy “closeness” between you, the people next to you, the people in front of you, and the small child behind you. “Sorry about almost spilling your soda because I bumped your arm with my elbow…”… “Sorry about sneezing on the back of your head…”….and I won’t even mention how may popcorn kernels were found in my hair.
  2. Leaving Your Seat: Drinking two bottles of water before the game and sharing a soda during the game was probably one of my more “less-than-genius” ideas. Everybody in our row was getting not only a great view of the game but also a great squat workout standing up and sitting back down every time I needed to use the restroom. Good hustle, team.
  3. The Bathrooms: You know you’re in for a “wild” bathroom stadium experience when your stall door won’t close and the ceiling above your stall {and your stall only} is dripping something cold onto your head.
  4. When You’re Caught Staring: I’m sorry, lady wearing an incredibly small amount of clothing for a Minnesotan in November or mother not watching her small child run up and down the incredibly steep set of stairs. I shouldn’t have been staring. I was just in utter disbelief.
  5. Food: There is no way to eat stadium food gracefully. Not even if you’re named Grace. When you order a bag of popcorn, try not to seat yourself next to a woman who is constantly bouncing her knees with excitement over the game, because she will spill some of her beer onto your jeans and into your popcorn bag. And “beer popcorn” is not on any menu for a reason. I suppose this moment wasn’t embarrassing for me…it was just a bummer. I love popcorn. Insert mushy-popcorn-is-the-worst-kind-of-popcorn emoticon face. 

Clearly stadium adventures are not suited for me. But I love them anyways. We had such a marvelous time spending our night out together, cheering for our beloved losing team {but they won, so we must have been good luck!}. Anyone else have some embarrassing stadium moments that might help brighten up the dreariness that can be Monday? I’d love to hear them! 🙂

PS. I’ve got some excellent pumpkin dessert recipes to share with ya this week. It’s time we snag as much as we can out of the “pumpkin craze” before Thanksgiving is over. I’m not done with you just yet, Fall.

Have a great start to the week!


  • Reply Chami Nguyen November 11, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Haha, although it wasn’t much of a pleasant experience for you, it became a cute story.


  • Reply Meg November 11, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    This definitely made me smile 🙂 I’m SO guilty of #4 – shock staring.

  • Reply Liz Caruso November 11, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Hahah, I feel the same way about stadiums. Not to mention it’s pretty scary if you’re seated up high and there’s no railings between rows of seats.

    xo, Liz


  • Reply jennifer prod November 11, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    ewww.. #3 is truly gross. good thing us minnesotans always have a winter hat 🙂

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