Why European Fans Stand Up at Sporting Events While Lazy Americans Sit on Their Butts

by Benjamin Domenech on 1:56 am May 6, 2009

In the U.S., go to almost any professional sporting event and look in the stands — just about everyone sits. But at soccer matches throughout the world, many fans prefer to stand.

The tradition of standing is so entrenched that games like Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League semifinal at London’s Emirates stadium often elicit battles between ticket-holders who want to stay on their feet and security guards who want them to relax a little.

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