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  • Two Dead in Stampede as Fans Enter Soccer Match

    by Andy Berg July 2017

    A soccer match in South Africa turned deadly over the weekend after a stampede ensued while fans were entering the 87,000-seat FNB stadium in Johannesburg. 

    The match between the Orlando Pirates and the Kaizer Chiefs was eventually played but not before two people died and 17 people were injured, one critically, when people pushed their way through stadium gates.

    Public safety official Michael Sun tweeted sympathies over the fatalities and noted that all the gates to the stadium were open to ensure crowd safety.

    ABC News reported that the disruption that caused the crush was the result of people selling fake tickets outside the stadium.

    The match was eventually played, and the Chiefs won 1-0.

    Read More: Eight Die in Senegal Soccer Riot

    The BBC reports that the Pirates and Chiefs are no strangers to these kinds of accidents. In April of 2001, the two teams saw 43 fans die in a crush during a match at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg. Ten years prior, 42 people died in a stampede between the same two teams at Oppenheimer Stadium in the city of Orkney.

    Formerly called Soccer City Stadium, FNB Stadium has a long history. Nelson Mandela gave his famous speech there after being released from prison in 1990. The venue was later rebuilt for the 2010 World Cup and was the site of the final that year between Spain and the Netherlands. 

  • Eight Dead After Riot Erupts at Senegal Soccer Stadium

    by Andy Berg July 2017

    Spectator safety continues to be a problem at soccer matches, as eight people were killed and scores more were injured at a Senegal Premier League final over the weekend.

    According to a report from Aljazeera, fans of Ouakam and Sade de Mbour clashed Saturday as they were leaving the game. Police fired tear gas into the crowd, which resulted in a stampede as panic spread throughout the stadium.

    Adding to the chaos, a wall that supported bleacher seating collapsed after police started firing the tear gas canisters into the crowd.

    Matar Ba, the Senegalese sports minister, said a young girl was among the dead and more than 60 other fans were injured and taken to local health facilities. Ba vowed “strong measures” would be taken so that such an event “will never be repeated in Senegal.” The BBC put the number of injured closer to 100.

    The clash between fans apparently began when US Ouakam supporters began throwing stones at Stade de Mbour fans after Mbour scored in extra time to go ahead 2-1. 

    Cheikh Maba Diop, a spectator at the match whose friend died when the wall collapsed, told the Associated Foreign Press, "All of a sudden when the wall fell... we knew exactly that some of our own had lost their lives because the wall fell directly onto people."

    The BBC reported that Senegal’s Football Federation has temporarily suspended US Ouakam until the FSF can decide on sanctions against the team

     

  • Following Grenfell Disaster, UK Stadiums Check Fire Safety

    by Jason Scott June 2017

    Stadiums in the United Kingdom’s Premier League and Football League are being checked for a flammable cladding in the wake of a disaster that left more than 80 people dead.

  • Child Receives Second-Degree Burns at Splash Pad

    by Courtney Cameron May 2017

    A concerned parent called the Greenwood, Ind., parks department after her son received a second-degree burn on Monday from walking on the blacktop of a splash pad at City Center Park.

  • Bat Strikes Fans at Petco Park

    by Jason Scott May 2017

    In the ninth inning of Thursday’s game between the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres, a bat slipped from out of Padres catcher Hector Sanchez’s hands and flew into the stands, striking fans.

  • Fan Grazed by Bullet During Game at Busch Stadium

    by Jason Scott May 2017

    A woman was taking in a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game on Tuesday night when she was reportedly struck by what police believe to be a stray bullet.

  • Death of Toddler Raises Goal Post Safety Concerns

    by Courtney Cameron May 2017

    Over the weekend in Antioch, Tenn., two-year-old Melanie Rodriguez was killed by a soccer goal when it was blown over by a strong wind, landing on top of her. The accident has gotten people talking about the dangers of unsecured equipment.

  • 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.