Safety & Security: Spectator Safety
- How to Protect Athletes and Fans From Lightning Strikes
by Dennis Van Milligen July 2015
It was 1996, but Bob Dugan remembers it like it was yesterday. Soccer referee John Wade, after being alerted by a weather-detection system that a storm was on its way, removed fourth- and fifth-grade kids from the field of play. Once the storm passed, they resumed activity at Northeast Park in Park Ridge, Ill. The belief was that the storm had moved over Lake Michigan approximately 45 miles away. But instead, the storm came back, and a lightning strike killed the 20-year-old referee.
- The AB Extra: June 5
by Laura Godlewski June 2015
This week's AB Extra features a mishap at the French Open, information on how to get a one-of-a-kind urinal autographed by Barry Sanders, and a unique park that opens in Chicago this weekend.
- Fans Stuck at Toyota Center After Flooding in Houston
by Laura Godlewski May 2015
Approximately 500 Houston Rockets fans were stuck in the Toyota Center after Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals due to heavy rain and flooding around the Houston area.
- Two Boys Hospitalized After Tree Collapse at Park
by Emily Attwood May 2015
Two young boys in Chelsea, Mass., were hospitalized Monday night after a tree collapsed onto the playground where they had been playing.
- Displaced Texas A&M Bats Seeking New Home
by Emily Attwood April 2015
The recreation center natatorium at Texas A&M University has been closed since April 6 while crews work to remove hundreds of migratory bats that have taken up residence after being displaced by renovations at Kyle Field.
- Excessive Drinking at Baseball Game Concerns Fans
by Laura Godlewski April 2015
The home opener for any baseball team and their fans is an exciting game to kick off the new season. However, for the Toronto Blue Jays, excitement has given way to excessive drinking and an aggressive atmosphere that has many Jays fans thinking twice before purchasing tickets.
- How to Protect Against Rioting at Your College
by April 2015
Joe Monroe, chief of police at the University of Kentucky, has gotten used to protecting the streets of Lexington from rioting fans. He's had to do so frequently over the past few years as the school's men's basketball team, led by head coach John Calipari, has made four Final Four appearances the past five years. Last Saturday night, after the previously undefeated Wildcats were eliminated from the NCAA tournament by Wisconsin, fans took to the streets of Lexington (yet again). Monroe and his campus police team (yet again) had to protect the community and keep the peace in collaboration with city police. Monroe, who teaches special-event planning for NCS4 and Texas A&M, shares his experiences while providing advice to other campus safety professionals in this Gameday Security exclusive interview:
- Rec and Parks Manager Critically Injured by Falling Tree
by Laura Godlewski, Athletic Business Intern March 2015
A recreation and parks manager in San Francisco is in critical condition after being hit by a falling tree on Tuesday in the Bayview district, reports CBS San Francisco.
- Carbon Monoxide Leak at Rink Sends 81 to Hospital
by Andrew Brandt December 2014
A carbon monoxide leak at a junior hockey game in Lake Delton, Wis., sent 81 people to the hospital Saturday night.
- Understanding Crowds Key to Controlling Fan Violence
by Tamara D. Madensen October 2014
Managing crowd behavior is an inherently complex task, but understanding the basic principles that underlie individual decision-making gives us a significant advantage when designing and executing fan violence prevention efforts.