Safety & Security: Spectator Safety
Security Will Be Tight as Boston Braces for Marathon
by Kelly Whiteside, @KellyWhiteside, USA TODAY Sports April 2014
The 118th Boston Marathon will be a mixture of triumphs and tears, beginning with a tribute event Tuesday honoring those injured in last year's bombings. A look at the week heading into the April 21 race:
Technology, Collaboration Key to Protecting Open-Access Events
by Dennis Van Milligen April 2014
No one anticipated — no one could have anticipated — what happened on that day," recalls Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. An avid runner with more than 40 marathons under his belt, including last year's Boston Marathon, Evans has been preparing harder for this year's Boston Marathon than any other race he's run. But unlike previous years, his morning runs with a member of the Boston Athletic Association aren't meant as training for his participation in the race; they are meant as preparation for his more daunting task of protecting the race.
Lessons to Be Learned in Handling the 'Sports Riot'
by Tim Steller, Tim Steller Arizona Daily Star April 2014
Tucson can be thankful the Wildcats didn't make the Final Four. With the disturbances that broke out after the University of Arizona's Sweet 16 and Elite Eight basketball games, who knows what might have happened after an actual national championship game? That's one unfortunate lesson from the incidents Saturday night at Main Gate Square: These days, some young fans will take almost any excuse to get rowdy and have a go with police. And the bigger the game, the better the excuse. For Tucson police, the lesson should be that they've learned a lot in how to deal with these incidents, but they've still got a ways to go. Unfortunately, they're likely to have more chances to learn. "Sports riots" have become commonplace on U.S. campuses since we in Tucson first witnessed one back in April 1997, after the Arizona Wildcats won the NCAA basketball championship. That year, I was reporting on North Fourth Avenue late into the night as action ebbed and flowed around me. I watched, equal parts amused and dismayed, as one neighborhood resident took it upon himself to direct traffic in a gridlocked intersection, dancing happily even as a police line approached and tear gas and bottles criss-crossed over his head.
Owner Defends Trampoline Park as 'Safer Than Bowling'
by Super User March 2014
By Jeff Sheler | The Virginian-Pilot CHESAPEAKE Commercial trampoline parks are springing up all over the country - including one in Greenbrier - offering what their operators describe as an "extreme-sport" experience in a safe, controlled setting. Pediatricians are no fans. They call trampolines downright dangerous and urge parents to keep their children off them. That advice came too late for Kathryn Keck, whose 4-year-old son, Graham, broke his leg last month at Cloud9 Trampoline Park, one of about 70 reported injuries at the indoor facility since it opened in November near the Conference Center. "If I could turn back the clock, I would never have taken him in there," said Keck, of Virginia Beach.
Security Firms Cull Social Media for Fan Behavior Clues
by Abilene Reporter-News (Texas) March 2014
LUKE MEREDITH // AP Sports Writer As Minnesota Vikings fans were getting ready for the final game at the Metrodome last December, officials at Whelan Security noticed social media chatter suggesting some of the faithful might rush the field and try to steal a piece of history.
New Video of Fan's Stadium Fall Could Be Factor in Court
by Karen Robinson; News Staff Reporter March 2014
The Buffalo Bills fan who fell last fall from the top deck of Ralph Wilson Stadium into the stands below heard Tuesday in court that a much more detailed video of the incident than previously available to the public has been submitted to authorities.
Safety Net Pole That Injured Bruins Fans Not Inspected
by David Hench, Staff Writer March 2014
Nevertheless, an official from the city's Inspectional Services Department met with the operations manager for TD Garden in Boston on Monday afternoon to check out the apparatus. The inspector was told that TD Garden is doing its own investigation and will notify the city when it's complete, said Lisa Timberlake, a spokeswoman for the department. The facility's assessment will determine what needs to be done to prevent such an accident in the future, she said. TD Garden issued a statement Monday blaming the incident on a 'mechanical failure' but did not answer questions from the Portland Press Herald about what part of the apparatus failed.
UNM Cup-Thrower Sorry, Will 'Cheer Loudly from Home'
by Geoff Grammer Journal Staff Writer March 2014
The University of New Mexico Lobo fan who threw a cup at a San Diego State player after a Feb. 22 game in the Pit said in a statement to the Journal he was sorry for his actions and hoped fans would realize "it was a one-time incident."
Bleacher Safety Spurs $405K in Athletic Facility Upgrades
by Steven Matthews March 2014
Huber Heights City Schools is planning to make more than $400,000 in improvements to four athletic facilities, citing safety as the primary reason. The school board will weigh a recommendation from the administration at tonight's meeting to advertise for bids for the project, which will be paid for out of the district's permanent improvement fund.
Fans, Players, Coaches Caught in Court-Storming Melee
by Michael Gaio February 2014
It's a situation any administrator or facilities professional dreads: a court-storming gone wrong. And that's exactly what happened Thursday night in Orem, Utah, after Utah Valley knocked off New Mexico State to remain atop the standings in the Western Athletic Conference.