Safety & Security: Spectator Safety
Hot-Dog Injury Case Goes to Extra Innings
by Carla Varriale January 2013
In the legal equivalent of a two-out, two-strike, bottom-of-the-ninth-inning homer, John Coomer, the spectator struck in the eye by a hot dog launched by the Kansas City Royals mascot, has been granted a new trial in the case.
Blog: Rob Roots for His Alma Mater, and Only One Is Beaten
by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein December 2012
Barry and I are graduates of Bloomfield High School in New Jersey. Bloomfield was no football powerhouse when I played in the early 1980s, and had never won a state playoff game until this year. When the team reached the 2012 finals, played at MetLife Stadium in early December, I had to go.
Fan in Critical Condition Following MetLife Escalator Fall
by Paul Steinbach October 2012
A 42-year-old man is in critical condition after falling 21 feet from an escalator Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Few details exist as to what factors may have contributed to the incident, which occurred at about 4 p.m. after the New York Giants rallied to defeat the Washington Redskins, 27-23.
Victim in Fatal Deck Fall Was Drunk; Should That Matter?
by Paul Steinbach October 2012
It comes as no great shock that University of Tennessee football fan Issac Grubb was drunk Aug. 31, when he fell from the upper deck at the Georgia Dome, suffered severe head trauma and later died. What's surprising is that it took this long to come to that conclusion.
Texas Rangers' Railing Renovation May Not Impact Codes, Other Teams
by Paul Steinbach August 2011
One can only imagine the emotional swing of a six-year-old — from the euphoria of tracking the arc of a baseball tossed in his direction by his favorite big-league player to the shock of looking down upon his bloodied father, who had just fallen 20 feet in an attempt to secure the souvenir. The image of the boy standing with one bare hand holding the railing that had failed to contain his dad, the other wearing the baseball glove purchased earlier that day, is as heartbreaking as any you're ever likely to see on a sports page.
Another Upper Deck Accident Underscores Safety Debate
by Paul Steinbach July 2011
The death last week of Shannon Stone, a Texas firefighter who fell 20 feet in pursuit of a souvenir baseball, brought solemn urgency to the other sports venues. The near tragedy that took place last night in Phoenix during the MLB All Star Game Home Run Derby adds a new facet to the debate - countertops that often abut railings in a stadium's specialty seating and socializing areas.
School, Park Districts Explore Partnership to Save Sports
by Michael Popke February 2011
When Rockford (Ill.) Public Schools announced two weeks into 2011 that it was exploring a partnership that would transfer operation of interscholastic sports to the Rockford Park District, school officials cited several benefits.
Notre Dame's Fatal Scissor Lift Accident Shakes Collegiate Sports Video Community
by Paul Steinbach November 2010
By all accounts, Declan Sullivan loved his job as a student videographer for the University of Notre Dame football program. But he also recognized the risks. Before going to work Oct. 27, a day that saw extreme high winds whip through South Bend, Ind., the 20-year-old tweeted, "I guess I've lived long enough." Once aloft on a 50-foot scissor lift, with wind gusts exceeding 50 miles per hour, genuine panic ensued. "This is terrifying," Sullivan typed.
Tailgating Causes Trouble at Reliant Park
by Andrew Cohen October 2010
The game-day tradition of tailgating by fans without tickets is a problem for the Houston Texans.
Is Peanut-Free Seating Necessary in Open-Air Venues?
by Paul Steinbach August 2010
The Chicago Cubs are the latest Major League Baseball team to recognize the risk that a trip to the ballpark can pose to fans who suffer from peanut allergies. For Monday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cubs are converting the Bud Light Batter's Eye suite at Wrigley Field into a peanut-free gallery.