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  • June 7, 2009 at 2:14 pm TOMEK

    WOW!!! VERY NICE !!!

  • June 8, 2009 at 6:09 am Michal

    impressive, especially for the USA. Tom – any chance to get any info on what penalties are served in the MLS or in Illinois law for lighting flares inside stadiums?

  • June 8, 2009 at 8:09 am Tom Dunmore

    It’s apparently a lifetime ban from the stadium and a felony offense. So not exactly something anyone should do lightly.

  • June 8, 2009 at 10:22 am Chris in DC

    And thank god it isn’t a scene that would be at a NBA game, or any American sport…at least not tolerated.

    As much as I love the sport of soccer, some of these so called traditions, are accidents waiting to happen, and usually will happen at some point

  • June 8, 2009 at 11:32 am Tom Dunmore

    Chris, you might find this article on the Fire supporters’ ISA attempts to work out a regulated, safe pyrotechnic display interesting: http://section8chicago.com/jm3/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=206:isa-efforts-underway-to-bring-legitimacy-to-flares-and-smoke-at-toyota-park&catid=47:chicago-fire-news&Itemid=157

    Unfortunately, the team have repeatedly failed to follow through on promises to make this happen.

  • June 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm Tom Dunmore
  • June 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm brent

    Not to stop anyone from snarking on the NBA, but pointing out you’re not going to see flares anywhere they play INDOORS is a little obvious.

  • June 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm Adrian Ludbrook

    Chris in DC, accident waiting to happen? Come on, flares have been common on Continental Europe since the 70’s… total accidents = 0.

    Euroleague Basketball games have singing sections and atmospheres well beyond what you get in the NBA, with many of the Greek, Spanish and Turkish football giants having Basketball teams operating under the club name. In Serbia the basketball is of a much higher standard than the football, the result packed houses with whole ends resembling Section 8 in the clip. Just because it’s different to the NBA doesn’t make it wrong. Ask a sportsman, they’d rather play in front of a passionate crowd anyday, in fact any supporter worth his salt should be the ‘extra man’ on the field.

    Support = Passion. The MLS is bringing out the best in your country, those fans could grace any stadium be it in Europe, Asia or South America. Unlike the sterile, corporate worlds of your main domestic sports. Let’s be honest, if the NFL was any good you’d be bringing it to Europe rather than us bringing football to you.

  • June 8, 2009 at 2:23 pm Bobby

    Has there ever been an injury in Portland involving flares? I can’t seem to remember one and they’ve used them a number of times.

  • June 8, 2009 at 2:03 pm Tom Dunmore

    I personally think pyro displays are tremendous shows of support. They certainly need to be handled responsibly; as with any DIY fireworks effort, there are legitimate concerns about safety, even if the accident rate for pyro seems to be low in Europe (it’s certainly above zero, though). Anytime something is burning at 500F in the middle of hundreds of people, there’s a public safety issue.

    That’s why in Section 8 we have been working with the club to find a legal and safe solution. It’s an expensive and difficult path, but one that hopefully will be achieved sometime. We’ve been promising supporters for two years there would be progress on this, but for various reasons the front office goes from supportive to obstructive and the path hasn’t been smooth. Supporters have held off these displays for a while, but it’s part of the culture here and has been for a long time, and some obviously decided not to wait around any longer.

  • June 9, 2009 at 7:40 pm Elliott

    I love those pics and the bar has been set for my beloved Cauldron. Only roman candles that land on the field and inspire Claudio Lopez to actually run will suffice. Beware Garber, bewaaaaare……..

  • June 10, 2009 at 8:23 am Seb

    They’ll be overtaking us soon.

  • June 10, 2009 at 4:50 pm Cap Ap

    We had one Flare display in Portland but that was a protest against a horribly run time and some incompetence at the top. No serious injuries that I heard of at the time, though I think a jacket or two were trashed. Sec8 looked abso-f*ckin’-lutely amazing with those flares, by the way.



  • July 27, 2009 at 11:29 pm The Nitch Devil

    I don’t remember any flares at Portland but look out for the future! I am stoked at what Mr. Paulson and the city of Portland is doing for the Portland Timbers and with us stepping up into a bigger stadium the flares might go aflying!!