Safety & Security: Spectator Safety
- 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.
- Technology, Collaboration Key to Protecting Open-Access Events
by April 2014
No one anticipated — no one could have anticipated — what happened on that day," recalls Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. An avid runner with more than 40 marathons under his belt, including last year's Boston Marathon, Evans has been preparing harder for this year's Boston Marathon than any other race he's run. But unlike previous years, his morning runs with a member of the Boston Athletic Association aren't meant as training for his participation in the race; they are meant as preparation for his more daunting task of protecting the race.
- Fans, Players, Coaches Caught in Court-Storming Melee
by Michael Gaio February 2014
It's a situation any administrator or facilities professional dreads: a court-storming gone wrong. And that's exactly what happened Thursday night in Orem, Utah, after Utah Valley knocked off New Mexico State to remain atop the standings in the Western Athletic Conference.
- Organizing a Safe Court-Storming Celebration
by Emily Attwood January 2014
More than 20 years have passed since the infamous "Camp Randall Crush," the 1993 field-storming by University of Wisconsin students after a win over Michigan that left more than 70 fans injured. Response to the incident by the school and its hired security team was widely criticized, resulted in 15 lawsuits and put the spotlight on crowd control procedures at stadiums and arenas.
- Man Who Fell from 300 Deck in Buffalo Gets Stadium Ban
by Paul Steinbach November 2013
A fan who attempted to slide down the side railing of the 300 deck at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, only to topple backwards and land on a fan in the 200 level, has fallen out of favor with the hometown Bills. As a result of his actions Sunday, the fan has been banned from the stadium.
- Hot Dog Injury Could Challenge 'Baseball Rule' Precedent
by Paul Steinbach November 2013
John Coomer didn't see it coming, but is it reasonable to think that the Kansas City Royals should have?
- 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.