Safety & Security: Spectator Safety
Police Propose Taking Over City's Rec Department
by Thomas J. Prohaska; News Niagara Reporter July 2014
Although no final decision was made, the Common Council seemed pleased Wednesday with a proposal from the Police Department to take charge of the Youth and Recreation Department. "We talked about it earlier. We think it's a good idea," Council President Joseph C. Kibler said. The plan put forward by community policing aide Mark Sanders and Capt. Douglas E. Haak, who also is chairman of the Youth Board, calls for the Police Department to take over all administrative functions of the youth programs, including payroll, grant applications and state compliance forms.
World Cup Drunkenness Reignites Beer Sales Debate
by Taylor Barnes July 2014
When Brazil was named the 2014 World Cup host in 2007, a protracted battle began between the country and soccer's governing body, FIFA: whether to allow beer sales in Brazilian stadiums. Alcohol is usually banned in soccer matches here in the interest of public security and avoiding fights. But with Anheuser-Busch InBev as a tournament sponsor, FIFA insisted that Brazilian authorities allow beer sales during the month-long event, leading to President Dilma Rousseff signing legislation in 2012 that allows alcoholic beverages inside World Cup stadiums. That's why the recent about-face in comments from Jerome Valcke, FIFA's secretary general, came as a source of frustration and vindication for Brazilians who long had fought for the alcohol sales restriction.
Inside the 2014 NCS4 Conference
by Dennis Van Milligen July 2014
The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security will hold its fifth annual conference in Indianapolis, July 8-10. This year's theme of "The Business of Sports Safety and Security" fits perfectly with the evolving landscape of athletic security, according to NCS4 director Lou Marciani: "The security function's role is now more than ever a business one, as security has become a core function of finance, law, marketing and operations."
City to Survey Residents on Effects of Tainted Park Fields
by Mark Ferenchik July 2014
Mayor Michael B. Coleman has directed Columbus Public Health to survey residents living near Saunders Park to determine whether industrial contaminants found at the city park have affected their health.
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.