After last night’s game, the Washington Nationals hold a 2-0 lead in the World Series. This has a lot of National fans, as well as residents of the DMV area, getting pretty excited, considering before this year, the Nationals had never even made the World Series.
With excitement, and fans rejoicing their favorite team’s accomplishment, also comes riots and potentially dangerous events. Whether it is the World Series, the NBA finals, the World Cup or last but not least, the Super Bowl, it is tradition that folks who are fans of the team who won, go berserk after the game. Streets get shut down, cars get stood on top of, and all sorts of accidents occur as fans all around the country celebrate their team winning it all.
It is extremely important that those who want to celebrate, whether the Nationals hold the lead, or the Astros come back and take the trophy, know the precautions and follow guides on how to safely celebrate with other fans. There are tons of guides that tell fans which streets will be blocked off and what time the parades will be held. Marching the streets with fellow fans is not frowned upon, as it is an American tradition, but it is important to make sure you are not arrested or even worse, hurt in some sort of incident.
In the past, there have been many events where fans took their celebrations to an extreme and ended up either hurt or in legal trouble. In 2014, after the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, the riots got so extreme that people began lighting cars on fire, throwing bottles at police, shattering local businesses windows and so on. This escalated to about 40 arrests being made and two people even getting shot.
Another extremely dangerous riot was held in Downtown, Vancouver after the 2011 Stanley Cup game seven. This riot although, was not in celebration but rather in anger after the Vancouver Canucks were defeated by the Boston Bruins. Fans began rioting in anger, starting with jerseys being burned, which eventually led to cars being flipped and lit on fire, fans of both sides getting stabbed, 140 people getting injured and over three hundred people getting arrested. This was an extremely catastrophic event and is proof of how serious these riots can become.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with celebrating sports, but we need to make sure we abide by the law and celebrate the correct and safe way, especially if the party is about to happen in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C.