Safety & Security: Spectator Safety
Another Worker Dies Building New 49ers Stadium
by Michael Gaio October 2013
The new $1.2 billion home of the San Francisco 49ers is supposed to be one of the best stadiums in the world when it opens next season, but the construction process has been marked by two ugly incidents.
Last Month's Fatal Fall at Turner Field Ruled a Suicide
by Paul Steinbach September 2013
Perhaps there is one scenario — beyond horseplay, intoxication or medical episode — in which the upper reaches of stadiums can't be expected to keep fans perfectly safe. When a fan is intent on taking his own life, as investigators have determined was the case with Ronald Homer last month at Atlanta's Turner Field, the role of building codes regarding the height of concrete or steel barriers is considerably diminished.
Fan Falls to His Death at Candlestick Park
by Michael Gaio September 2013
Amid the excitement of San Francisco's win over the Green Bay Packers at Candlestick Park Sunday, there was tragedy.
Talking Sports Safety and Security at NCS4
by Emily Attwood July 2013
The country was shaken this spring by the bombings at the Boston Marathon, and though the tragedy highlighted the strength and resilience of the citizens of Boston and the sporting community alike, it also served as a reminder of just how important safety and security are at public events, and, in the face of all the preparation done, just how much more there is to do.
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.