Safety & Security: Spectator Safety
- Wheaton College Student Killed by Hammer Throw
by Jason Scott April 2017
A 19-year-old freshman at Wheaton (Ill.) College was pronounced dead on Saturday after being accidentally struck in the head by a hammer during a track and field event.
- Security Preparations for the Cubs' World Series Win
by Emily Attwood March 2017
One hundred and eight years. That's how long the Chicago Cubs had gone without a World Series championship prior to this past fall's Game 7 extra-inning win over the Cleveland Indians. The crowds were ecstatic, to say the least, yet in an age when sports fans' revelry can quickly turn into rioting (just two years prior to the Cubs' win, rowdy San Francisco Giants fans ignited chaos when they lit a couch on fire), the closest Cubs fans came to destruction was covering the walls and streets around Wrigley with chalked dedications.
- Improving Athletic Security Through Fan Surveys
by Drew Pittman February 2017
In an industry where retaining loyal fans is paramount, feedback is critical. A proactive approach is to survey a wide net of patrons and do it often. Take the opportunity prior to the start of your season to establish important milestones to survey. These might include the end of a preseason or non-conference schedule, after a highly anticipated rivalry game or the end of the regular season.
- Braves to Expand Safety Netting at SunTrust Park
by Tim Tucker; Staff February 2017
The change comes amid increased attention over injuries to fans at Major League Baseball games, including Braves games, as new stadiums, such as SunTrust Park, place seats even closer to the action.
- Preparing for Demonstrations and Civil Disturbances
by Courtney Cameron February 2017
Commercial sporting events, pre-equipped with large crowds and widespread media coverage, have become a popular venue for First Amendment expression. As interest groups begin to see the advantage of staging a public protest in someone else's spotlight, events officials as well as law enforcement have their work cut out trying to maintain their grasp on peace and safety, while at the same time being careful not to tread on constitutional rights. With an eye toward planned demonstrations, as well as other, more predictable disturbances, security teams are pursuing tactics such as looking further ahead, keeping in close communications with law enforcement and attempting to prepare for every possible disruption.
- Wash. Reps Work to End Stadium Gun Ban
by Courtney Cameron December 2016
Republican legislators for Washington state have proposed a new bill which, if passed, would end the ban on concealed firearms inside public sporting venues. The bill, supported by representatives Matt Shea, David Taylor and Bob McCaslin, is expected to be introduced during the January legislative session.
- Expanding Security Awareness in High School Athletics
by Emily Attwood December 2016
Alcohol sales, terrorist threats, public transportation schedules. These are among major security issues on the radar for many professional and collegiate athletic venues, but not high schools, at least not yet. High school athletics come with a unique list of security concerns, but the spotlight on security at higher levels — even topics not particularly germane to prep sporting events — have been a boon to high school security efforts.
- Former Student Sues Over 2014 Bleacher Collapse
by Jason Scott November 2016
A former student at Sun Prairie (Wis.) High School has sued the Sun Prairie Area School District claiming the district was negligent in maintaining football stadium bleachers.
- Death Brings New Scrutiny to HS Sideline Restrictions
by Courtney Cameron November 2016
Recent events and a history of near-misses has high schools taking a hard look at their sideline regulations and who really needs to be standing there. During a game last month between Scranton (Ohio) Prep and Valley View, coach and statistician Anthony Cantafio of Scranton Prep fell and hit his head on an asphalt track circling the field when a Valley View football player was run out of bounds. He was rendered unconscious and later died from the injury.
- Fan's Fall from Railing at Mile High Proves Fatal
by Paul Steinbach October 2016
A fan who fell from a stairway railing at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday has died. Jason Coy, 36, fell an estimated 60 feet shortly after the conclusion of Monday night’s NFL game between the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans.