By Sam Gardner, FOXSports.com The
San Diego Chargers
have one of the most potent passing attacks in the NFL, throwing for 300 yards per game. But in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot, passing is a no-no — and could earn you a citation if you try to bend the rules.
On Saturday, the San Diego Union-Tribune
told the story of
Chargers fan Jesse Unger, who earned himself a $280 fine at San Diego's Oct. 14 game against Indianapolis. His crime? He played catch after an officer told him not to. According to
San Diego Municipal Code 59.0502
, it is illegal for fans at Qualcomm Stadium to “intentionally throw, discharge, launch, or spill any solid object (including footballs, baseballs, frisbees and other such devices) or liquid substance, or otherwise cause such object or substance to be thrown, discharged, launched, spilled, or to become airborne.” Unger told the Union Tribune that officers informed him the fine was for $60, but when he checked online, he found out he owed $280. So on Tuesday, Unger went to traffic court to try to get it sorted out. And after agreeing to enter a guilty plea, Unger had his ticket dismissed by a judge with the good sense to know that throwing a football at a football game shouldn’t be illegal. That said, San Diego isn’t alone in its no-catch rule. The Union Tribune did some digging and found that LP Field in Tennessee, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and CenturyLink Field in Seattle all have similar no-throwing policies. Is it stupid? Yes. But the rules are the rules.