Safety & Security: Spectator Safety
- Opinion: Baseball Should Extend Safety Netting Now
by Bob Ford August 2016
The truth, as any baseball fans knows, is the same in the stands as it is on the field. The ball will find you. Pushing the nets another 10 feet down the lines, which is about what was recommended this season, still leaves great swaths of seating exposed. Some of the worst screaming line drives enter the stands way down the line beyond the dugouts.
- Second Fan in Two Games Injured by Foul Ball
by Matt Breen August 2016
Sunday was the second straight Phillies game in which a foul ball struck a fan, and it came hours after shortstop Freddy Galvis criticized the team for not providing protective nets behind the dugouts that would prevent such incidents. A young girl was struck in the face on Saturday night by a foul ball hit by Galvis into almost the same area.
- Minor League Stadium to Expand Netting Next Season
by Marc Pendleton August 2016
With added safety in mind and a prod from Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, the Dayton Dragons announced Wednesday that protective netting would cover all lower-level seating at Fifth Third Field beginning next season.
- Aerial Camera Collapse Causes Injuries at Olympics
by Alan Gomez August 2016
Seven people suffered minor injuries Monday when an aerial camera and its cables fell 65 feet at Olympic Park. Flavio Oliveira was getting out of a handball match with his nephew when he heard the wires come crashing to the ground. He said the cable whipped against two girls, hitting one in the neck.
- New MLS Stadiums Embrace Safe-Standing Areas
by Paul Steinbach August 2016
This article appeared in the September issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.
- 'Baseball Rule' Suffers Another Blow in Foul Ball Case
by Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio April 2016
This article appeared in the April issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.
- Man Falls from Escalator at Miller Park
by Jason Scott April 2016
During the ninth inning of Saturday’s Milwaukee Brewers game, a 30-year-old man fell from an escalator and landed on the roof of a concourse merchandise shop.
- Police Investigate Chokehold Incident at Football Game
by Takara Scott-Johnston December 2015
Police in Arlington, Texas, have begun an investigation after an incident at Thursday’s Cowboys-Panthers game. An AT&T Stadium security guard was filmed putting a Panthers fan in a chokehold while attempting to escort the fan out.
The fan, John Small, alleges that he did nothing wrong. Smalls stated, "He jumped up on my back, put his arm around my throat and tried to pull me to the ground.”
- Best Practices Guide Addresses High School Security Concerns
by Dennis Van Milligen October 2015
More than eight million students participate in interscholastic sports and afterschool programs annually, with approximately 336 million spectators attending those events. Threats, new and old, lurk around each corner, and for every athletic administrator tasked with providing a safe environment, the stakes have never been higher.
- Fight at Youth Football Game Gets Both Teams Banned
by Jason Scott October 2015
With less than 30 seconds left in a game between the Otay Ranch Broncos and the Inland Empire Ducks, a fight among adults in attendance broke out in the stands.