RECENT ARTICLES
  • One on One: Baseball Fan Hollye Minter Recalls Fall from Stands

    by Paul Steinbach July 2010

    Ever wonder what it would be like to fall out of an upper deck? Hollye Minter would tell you, if only she could remember. Everything between losing contact with a 30-inch-tall railing on the Home Run Porch at The Ballpark in Arlington and landing on the Care Flight helipad at Parkland Hospital in Dallas is a blank. That was April 1, 1994, opening day of the Texas Rangers' new stadium, and Minter — who, on her 26th birthday, suffered a fractured vertebrae, two broken ribs, a broken shoulder and six broken teeth - was reminded of at least some aspects of her ordeal last month, when a man fell 30 feet out of the first row of the Ballpark's club level. Paul Steinbach spoke to Minter on July 7, the day after Tyler Morris became the second member of an unenviable Rangers fan club.

  • Ballpark Fall Turns Fatal at Miller Park

    by Paul Steinbach May 2010

    Having reported on fatal falls involving ballpark upper decks, I was particularly shocked to read minutes ago of a death involving a fan who fell 14 feet from a lower-level railing at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

  • The Longer Arm of the Law

    by Paul Steinbach May 2010

    An unarmed teenager bolted into the outfield at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia last night. Fans hooted as he managed briefly to outrun a lone police officer and several uniformed event security personnel. But ultimately the long arm of the law was made longer by a Taser - its incapacitating shockwaves dropping the trespasser to the turf, where he lay motionless for a full 30 seconds. By then, many among the Philly faithful had begun booing.



    Tasers have been used with increasing frequency to control crowds at professional and college sports venues on down to high school athletic events. Today, Philadelphia police defended the deployment of a Taser in apprehending the teen, even though he was outnumbered and his arrest appeared imminent.

    Put yourself in a seat at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night. Are you cheering or jeering the use of a Taser in this instance?

    UPDATE: Fans running onto the field in Philadelphia are getting older, if not wiser, but one wonders if Citizens Bank Park security personnel have learned something this week.

    A 34-year-old Phillies fan gained access to the field Tuesday, one night after a 17-year-old was tasered to the outfield turf by a police officer. The latest trespasser was apprehended without use of a Taser.

  • Game-Day Gluttony

    by Paul Steinbach September 2009

    The West Michigan Whitecaps finished the Minor League Baseball season 13 games out of first place, but the franchise scored big with the Fifth Third Burger.

  • Should Building Codes be Changed to Keep Fans from Falling Out of Their Seats?

    by Paul Steinbach August 2009

    Should building codes be changed to keep fans from falling out of upper-level stadium sections?

  • Catastrophic Injuries Intensify Focus On Safety at Field Events

    by Paul Steinbach December 2008

    Catastrophic injuries resulting from the hurling of heavy implements and human bodies have intensified the safety focus surrounding field events.

  • Hawkers More Likely than Concessions Stand Workers to Sell Alcohol to Minors

    by Paul Steinbach September 2008

    New research suggests stadium hawkers are more likely than concessions workers to sell alcohol to minors and impaired individuals.

  • Author of Death At the Ballpark Shares Views On Fan Safety

    by Paul Steinbach September 2008

    The co-author of Death at the Ballpark shares his views on fan-safety issues.

  • Industry-Wide Effort Urges Pool Patrons, Operators to Create Safer Environment Together

    by Michael Popke September 2008

    New industry-wide efforts encourage patrons and pool operators to work together to create safer environments.

  • Online Ticketing With Gate Control May Help Quell Violence In Stands

    by Michael Popke September 2008

    Online ticketing that provides tighter control at the gate may be a way to quell violence in the stands.