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.
- ASCE to Create Sports Lighting Support Pole Standard
by Paul Steinbach August 2012
Three years ago this month, when AB first reported on a rash of sports lighting support pole failures, one source admitted that the industry had long seen little regulation or consistent design guidance. That appears to be changing.
- Blog: Race Should Have Been Stopped Before Lightning Struck
by John Wolohan August 2012
On Sunday, one fan was killed and nine others were injured, one critically, as a result of a lightning strike at Pocono Raceway. The lightning strikes came right after the scheduled 160-lap race was called on account of rain on Lap 98, shortly before 5 p.m. While lighting is considered an "Act of God," and therefore damages are generally not recoverable from resulting injuries, a facility does have an obligation to warn those attending a race of potential dangers. Officials at Pocono Raceway said that, shortly before the strike, a warning was issued on the public address system that inclement weather was on the way, but no order was given to evacuate the stands. In addition, facility personnel issued warnings on Twitter and Facebook at 4:21 p.m. that severe weather was on the way and, shortly before 5 p.m., that fans should seek shelter because heavy winds and lightning were in the area.
- AG: Eight of 10 Alleged Sandusky Victims Abused at PSU
by Paul Steinbach March 2012
Eight of the 10 alleged sexual abuse victims of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky were abused on the Penn State campus. From an athletics administration standpoint, that has to be the most noteworthy revelation to emerge from a court document filed Thursday by the Pennsylvania attorney general's office.
- 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.