No Autographs, Please
Sign recently installed at Ristuccia Arena asks fans to refrain from seeking autographs at Bruins practices.
In about December, the Bruins put up a sign informing the fans attending the team's open practices of a change in policy.
"Autographs are prohibited," the sign reads. "Please note for the safety of our fans players, coaches and staff, a very strict no-autograph policy has been instituted in the parking lot area. Thank you for your understanding."
It is not clear if the change was made due to a specific incident, or just as a precaution. A member of the Ristuccia Arena pro shop declined comment on the policy and deferred questions to Bruins staff members, who were not immediately available for comment.
Several fans on the Wilmington Patch Facebook page weighed in on the pros and cons of the policy. Many readers mentioned the spike in popularity of the team as a reason, as well as an increase in the number of autographs being resold for profit as reasons the change makes sense.
Some of the readers who weighed in mentioned how much the atmosphere around the arena has changed over time.
"Things have changed a lot over the years," said Cherie Pothier. "My sister and I used to go all the time. Everyone was so nice and friendly and they always came outside and spent a lot of their time with the fans. Over the last couple of years they drive out and sometimes stop for the little kids, but as mentioned it's tough because of all the (people) who want autographs to sell on eBay."
Reader Paul Legere said he used to attend Bruins practices frequently, and wonders how much impact the change will have.
"I used to get autographs all the time and just noticed the sign, too," said Paul Legere. "It won't stop the fans."
So what do you think about the change? Do you think it's for the best, or do you think it's unfair to the diehard fans? Let us know in the comment section below.