Safety & Security: Spectator Safety
Lightning Strikes Fan, Columbus Crew Postpone Game
by Adam Jardy, The Columbus Dispatch June 2014
An off-duty Columbus fire lieutenant was in critical condition after being struck by lightning in the parking lot of Crew Stadium before last night's scheduled game against FC Dallas.
Death Sparks Lawsuit Over Codes, Staples Center Design
by John T. Wolohan June 2014
As is often the case in law, how the courts interpret a statute is often the determining factor in the case. For example, California Building Standards Code (CBSC) states that the top of guardrails shall not be less than 42 inches in height, except in front of the first row of fixed balcony seats. In that case, the top of the guardrail may be 26 inches in height.
Northwestern's Peanut-Free Policy to Include Five Sports
by Rexford Sheild June 2014
The Northwestern athletic department has announced it will hold three peanut-free football games in 2014, including games against Cal on Aug. 30, Northern Illinois on Sept. 6 and Western Illinois on Sept. 20.
Parent Behavior, Cyberbullying Hurting High School Sportsmanship
by Dennis Van Milligen June 2014
It is widely acknowledged that the role of high school athletics is to promote life-skills education through sports, but lately a key life skill in this equation — sportsmanship — has deteriorated on the interscholastic level to the point that one high school athletic association recently considered banning the time-honored post-game handshake.
Witness: Buffalo Fan Ignored Pleas to Stop Railing Slides
by Shawn Campbell; News Staff Reporter June 2014
Despite pleas from other fans urging him to stop, Robert Hopkins kept sliding down a railing in the upper deck of Ralph Wilson Stadium, according to a fan who was at the Nov. 17 Buffalo Bills game against the New York Jets. Jon Deeks, who sat in the same section as Hopkins, testified Friday in Orchard Park Town Court that he saw Hopkins slide on the railing. During Hopkins' third or fourth slide, Deeks said he heard a woman plead with him to stop. Other fans in the section told him to stop, too, Deeks said.
Five Injured by Falling Batting Cage in Gym
by Emily Attwood June 2014
It wasn’t the action on the court that got fans’ hearts pumping at a high school summer volleyball match held at Goshen College Recreational-Fitness Center in Indiana this past Monday.
Braves Appeal Lawsuit Involving 2010 Foul-Ball Injury
by Bill Rankin; Staff June 2014
The foul ball sliced into the seats behind the Atlanta Braves dugout and rocketed into the head of an 8-year-old boy. On the mound, pitcher Julio Teheran collapsed into a crouch, clasping his head with his hands. The batter, Milwaukee Brewers' outfielder Carlos Gomez, knelt, bowed his head and made the sign of the cross. Play was briefly suspended, and the TV cameras followed the boy's father as he carried the stricken child out of the stands. "It was fast and hard," Teheran said of the line-drive foul that struck the young fan May 20 in Atlanta. "No one had a chance to get out of the way." The field-level seats behind each dugout at Turner Field can be dangerous territory, particularly when a major league hitter fouls a line drive at 90 mph into the crowd. (An engineering professor who testified in a Boston Red Sox case said the foul ball that struck a woman in the face went from bat to fan in one second.)
Fan 'Alert' After Falling Into Bullpen at Miller Park
by Michael Gaio June 2014
A Milwaukee Brewers fan was hospitalized Tuesday night after falling about 20 feet into the bullpen at Miller Park.
City to Remove Arsenic from Nine Acres of Park Land
by Mark Ferenchik, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH May 2014
The city plans to clean up Saunders Park on the Near East Side after more tests found elevated levels of arsenic and another toxin, including two locations with levels of arsenic about 15 times higher than what state program standards say is safe for parks.
Non-Lethal Safety Tools Protect Against Liability, Unruly Fans
by Paul Hughes May 2014
If you've never considered the safety risks of a professional security guard, placing them at a sporting venue where they are significantly outnumbered is an excellent research lab. Because of the sheer quantity of people, the passion for their teams and the probability of alcohol consumption, sports leagues recommend one security guard for every 250 visitors in a venue. Assigning the proper number of security personnel is a deliberate balance of operational efficiency, cost and visitor safety, which makes proper skills training and equipment for the job an essential consideration in limiting a venue's liability.