Safety & Security: Spectator Safety
Incident Management Systems Protect Facility and Spectator
by Scott Meyers August 2014
Responding in a timely manner before an incident escalates or has a significant impact on the safety and security of spectators is a key concern for all athletic facility managers. Common incidents at sporting events that require swift action include fights, medical and maintenance issues, and spectator complaints. During a typical major college football game, there can be as many as 200 incidents reported — anything from toilets overflowing to fan ejections.
Woman Shoved by Police at UA Melee Files $375K Claim
by Darren DaRonco Arizona Daily Star August 2014
The University of Arizona student knocked over a bench by a Tucson police officer after the Wildcats lost in the NCAA basketball tournament has filed a $375,000 claim against the city.
Security Increased After Woman Claims Ballpark Assault
by Rusty Marks, Staff writer August 2014
Charleston police are stepping up patrols around Appalachian Power Park, after a woman told police she was sexually assaulted after she left the ballpark late Tuesday.
Poll: Security Screening at Prep and College Games
by Michael Gaio August 2014
More and more schools are following the lead of professional sports teams and investing in entrance screening technology. We want your opinion on the subject for an upcoming feature in Athletic Business.
Athletic Facility Evacuation And Emergency Planning Tips
by Kevin Bryant July 2014
The potential of a major incident at your facility can keep you up late at night. While it may seem futile and fruitless to work through incident scenarios in your mind, it is often the first step toward preparation, training and gaining the support necessary to handle any issue. In my career as a facility manager and athletic administrator, I have encountered a variety of real-life emergency scenarios, including:
Appeals Court Allows Foul Ball Injury Suit to Proceed
by Bill Rankin; Staff July 2014
The Braves, joined by Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, had asked the court to recognize the so-called "Baseball Rule" as the law in Georgia.
Pool Management Fired After Alleged Safety Violation
by Brian Lee, TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF July 2014
USA Pools Management of Georgia has been fired from managing the Andrew J. Petro Swimming Pool on Randolph Street for a "clear and material breach" of its contract, acting Town Manager Kevin E. Paicos said Monday. The firing comes after reports of a safety violation that prompted town officials to close the state-owned but town-run pool earlier than usual on July 7 and keep it closed the rest of the week. It will reopen today at 11 a.m.
Hawks Fan Hit by Puck Suing United Center Over Netting
by BECKY SCHLIKERMAN. Staff Reporter July 2014
Blackhawks fan Patricia Higgins has filed a personal-injury lawsuit more than a year after she was struck in the face by an errant puck during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Councilman: Dodgers Should Have Settled, Avoided Court
by Matthew Fleming and Joanna Clay July 2014
Los Angeles seemed to breathe a sigh of relief Wednesday as a jury ruled the Dodgers organization was partly responsible for the beating of Bryan Stow after a game by two fans, awarding him nearly $18 million.
Dodger Stadium Beating Victim Wins $18M Jury Award
by Wire Reports July 2014
A Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a stadium parking lot beating won his negligence suit against the Dodgers on Wednesday, with a jury awarding about $18 million but dividing responsibility among the club and the two men who beat him.