There is a balance and there is some respect involved too.
Those older alums did carry the flag when you had to practically bribe students. Think the 90s.
In our section and I am talking a group of 25 we stand most of the game. However, we are considerate there are three older alum season ticket holders right behind us. The first season they would grumble about not being able to see or say down in front.
We never really thought about their enjoyment of the game. After all, they did pay for their seats too. We got wrapped up in our game experience and didn’t think of theirs. So we started talking to them. And if the team is at the far end of the field from us we try to sit or try to sit on defense unles it’s third down.
It is a balance and it lets us all enjoy the game. We love having them behind us. We think of them as part of our group they high 5 with us now and have shared some cool stories.
Again, it is about balance and respect. I tell them every game if we are out of line to just tell us. No more down in fronts or grumbling and we are better for it.