• After Fan's Fall, Safety at MLB Ballparks Scrutinized

    by Brent Schrotenboer May 2017

    At about 10:57 p.m. on May16, 42-year-old Rick Garrity was exiting Wrigley Field in Chicago when he apparently tried to climb a 36-inch rail on a ramp leading from the upper deck, according to Chicago Cubs and police officials. He fell over the rail, plunged a significant depth and died the next day from his injuries, becoming the latest death from falling at America's big stadiums. "That is a very tragic event that sadly has been seen far too often over the last several years," said Bob Gorman, co-author of the book Death at the Ballpark. It's still quite rare: Out of hundreds of millions of fans to attend Major League Baseball parks since 1969, there have been 25 deaths from falling in stadiums, including some involving inebriated victims and suicide, Gorman said.

  • Police: Hammer-Throw Victim Wasn't Paying Attention

    by John Keilman May 2017

    A moment of inattention cost Wheaton College student Ethan Roser his life when he was hit in the head by an errant hammer throw at an April track meet, Wheaton police said Monday.

  • 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.

  • Preparing for Demonstrations and Civil Disturbances

    by Courtney Cameron February 2017

    Commercial sporting events, pre-equipped with large crowds and widespread media coverage, have become a popular venue for First Amendment expression. As interest groups begin to see the advantage of staging a public protest in someone else's spotlight, events officials as well as law enforcement have their work cut out trying to maintain their grasp on peace and safety, while at the same time being careful not to tread on constitutional rights. With an eye toward planned demonstrations, as well as other, more predictable disturbances, security teams are pursuing tactics such as looking further ahead, keeping in close communications with law enforcement and attempting to prepare for every possible disruption.