A roundup of recent safety and security headlines in the athletics industry:
Fan Shot Outside Cowboys-Patriots Game
A fight in a parking lot outside AT&T Stadium following a game between the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots resulted in one fan getting shot in the head.
The victim was taken to the hospital, and the suspect was taken into custody. The injuries to the victim were said to be serious, but not life-threatening.
According to eye-witness reports, the suspect was urged to kill the victim by onlookers.
Security Lines at Yankee Stadium Delay Fans
Fans in attendance for the wild-card game between the Yankees and Astros last week were delayed in making their way into the stadium due to long security lines.
The game was scheduled to begin at 8:08 p.m., but fans were still waiting in lines after 8:45 p.m. Some fans completely missed the first two innings of the game.
According to SportsBusiness Journal’s Eric Fisher, a Yankees spokesperson said that the delays were at least partially due to a medical emergency.
Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo: security issues outside tonight in part due to temporary closure of Gate 6 due to medical emergency w a fan— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) October 7, 2015
The medical emergency was reportedly a heart attack.
Fight Outside Dodger Stadium Leaves One Critically Injured
Following Friday night’s NLDS playoff game between the Dodgers and Mets, a fight broke out that sent one fan to the hospital with critical injuries.
The fight broke out in the parking lot after the Dodgers lost the game. A verbal argument reportedly escalated and came to blows.
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the situation, looking for the people involved in the altercation.
Security at Dodgers Stadium has come under scrutiny since the 2011 attack that left Bryan Stow, a Giants fan, with serious brain damage that continues to severely impair him today.
Threatening Graffiti Forces EKU to Move Football Game
Eastern Kentucky University cancelled classes last week and relocated a home football game to a nearby school because of graffiti that read “kill all” was discovered on campus.
EKU relocated the game to Georgetown College, about 40 miles from the Eastern Kentucky campus.
Fans who made the trip found that additional security measures had been put in place. Officers from the EKU Police, UK Police, Georgetown Police, and Scott and Harrison County Sheriff’s deputies helped to provide extra security for the event.
Bags were checked, and a K-9 unit from the University of Kentucky was on the scene to increase the basic security measures after the threatening graffiti was discovered.
No arrests have been made in connection to the graffiti, but the investigation is ongoing. Security and police presence have been boosted on the EKU campus in the meantime.