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  • 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.

  • 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.