Safety & Security: Spectator Safety
- MLB Announces Expanded Netting, Streaming Games
by Bob Nightengale November 2015
Major League Baseball, which once prided itself on its traditional, and, yes, even archaic ways, now is acting like a downright responsive entity. You want change? MLB Commissioner Rod Manfred and his front office are listening to you and acting as swiftly as possible. MLB announced sweeping changes on how we will view baseball, whether at the ballpark, on TV or on your phone.
- Ballpark Netting on Agenda at MLB Owners' Meetings
by Scott Lauber November 2015
The potential installation of protective netting at ballparks will be a hot topic next week at the owners' meetings in Dallas. 'We're going to have a full debate - maybe debate's the wrong word, how about conversation - about this, and I don't want to prejudge the outcome beyond that,' commissioner Rob Manfred said yesterday at the general managers' meetings. 'But I do think a simple rule is probably difficult given the variations that exist in our stadiums.'
- 4 Dead, More Injured After Crash at Homecoming Parade
by Justin Juozapavicius October 2015
A woman suspected of driving under the influence plowed into a crowd Saturday during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing four people - including a toddler - and injuring dozens more after a collision that sent some spectators flying through the air.
- Ballpark Going Up in Intersection Danger Zone
by Tony Doris Palm Beach Post Staff Writer October 2015
Even before bulldozers clear the first dirt, activity swarms around the wooded, 160-acre site that in two years will house the spring training home of the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals.
- 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 email@example.com 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.