Safety & Security: Spectator Safety
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.
St. Paul Police: Marathon Disrupters Will Be Arrested
by Jason Scott October 2015
Anyone disrupting or interfering with runners during the Twin Cities Marathon this weekend will face consequences, according to St. Paul police chief Tom Smith.
School to Test Students for Drinking at Football Games
by Donna Frake firstname.lastname@example.org September 2015
An initiative to discourage students from drinking by randomly testing them as they enter Friday night football games received little public pushback after Oconomowoc High School Principal Joseph Moylan made the announcement in a letter to parents on Wednesday. Beginning at the Friday homecoming football game, students will be admitted through a dedicated entrance and randomly chosen for breath tests, Moylan said in his letter.
Four Arrested in Connection with Assault at 49ers Game
by Matt Barrows, The Sacramento Bee September 2015
Police announced Friday they had arrested three men and a 17-year-old woman in connection to a parking lot fight following Monday’s 49ers game during which a Vikings fan was kicked and punched after falling to the ground. The incident was caught on video.
Prep Football Security Tightened After Shootings
by Marlon A. Walker, Craig Schneider September 2015
One week after a barrage of bullets injured two people outside a high school football game, some fans filing into the same Atlanta stadium Friday night said that despite promises of heightened security they felt worried and afraid. "Is it safe going in there?" Chrishonna Howard asked as she purchased a ticket to watch her son, Jalen, play Friday. Howard said coming to the Grady High School stadium so soon after gunshots marred last week's game left her scared. She planned her trip carefully, parking as close as possible to the entrance. The shooting --- near one of Atlanta's most sought-after high schools --- tarnished a time-honored Friday night fall ritual. It also highlighted the problems with policing large outdoor events brimming with parents, students and fans.
Three Injured by Falling Debris During Colts Preseason Game
by Jason Scott September 2015
Three fans suffered minor injuries Thursday when they were hit by a bolt that fell from the roof of Lucas Oil Stadium.
Condemned Stadium Prompts County-Wide Inspection
by Ward Gossett September 2015
The condemned and crumbling home-side stands of East Ridge High School's Raymond James Stadium are coming down, prompting inspections of other, older stadium stands in Hamilton County. East Ridge coaches will be moving from their offices under the stands.
Turner Field Fatality Returns Focus to Railing Heights
by Charles Odum September 2015
The death of a longtime Braves season-ticket holder has raised questions about the planned height of guard rails at their new stadium scheduled to open in 2017.
Ballparks Slow to React to Danger in Stands
by Dan Klepal, Leon Stafford; Staff September 2015
A 13-year-old girl hit by a hockey puck in Columbus, Ohio. A firefighter who tumbled over a knee-high railing at a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. A Tennessee man who fell over a 33-inch railing during a college football game inside the Georgia Dome. And now, Greg "Ace" Murrey, a 60-year-old insurance agent who became the latest casualty inside America's sporting arenas Saturday night, after he plummeted nearly 50 feet onto concrete steps at Turner Field. The incomplete list of fan deaths doesn't begin to address the number of people who have left ballparks, football stadiums, hockey arenas or NASCAR race tracks bloodied and bruised --- or worse --- after being struck by objects catapulted into the stands.