Unacceptable theater closure must prompt reflection on mass gatherings of football fans – Brian Ferguson
Days after Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon entered the debate over sexism and misogyny tarnishing what is continually promoted as a national sport, Tron Theater management have been unable to safely get their staff in in the building.
Artistic director Andy Arnold told me of his dismay at the lack of any warning about a massive police operation that saw traffic halted and roads closed to accommodate a lengthy street party for Celtic fans in the Glasgow Cross area.
It was clear that the behavior of what he described as a ‘significant minority’ outside his building and the impact on his staff were key factors in the decision to cancel a sold-out show and to close the room.
Actress Janette Foggo, who set up a theater worker involved in the play Who Killed My Father, was among those to express her dismay on social media at the “appalling” and “creepy” behavior of fans.
She told me that there was such concern for the safety of the workers that they had to be evacuated out of the “dock” entrance normally used to transport sets and costumes.
The police themselves later denounced the “unacceptable level of anti-social behavior”.
I have no doubt that there will be many fans who will think that closing a theater for the night is a small price to pay so that downtown can accommodate an exuberant gathering of fans.
But let’s look at the big picture for a moment.
It was far from a one-off gathering in the city center – they are quickly becoming a regular occurrence, as rival groups of supporters play an irresponsible game of one-upmanship.
There’s also the demographics involved – with the vast majority of them young men clinging to the controls.
The behavior of football fans has long been tolerated on club grounds and on public transport.
But when their celebrations spill out into public places and spoil an evening for people who aren’t at all interested in the outcome of men’s soccer games, it’s time for the city and the police to seriously reconsider the impact of the game. hosting such gatherings in the future.