Safety & Security: Spectator Safety
- Hockey Fans Decry Long Lines, Increased Security
by Andy Berg October 2017
In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, safety is on everyone’s minds. But isn’t there a balance between security and inconvenience?
That’s the question Minnesota State University hockey fans are asking after dealing with extremely long lines at the team’s season opener on Monday.
Fans attending the MSU game versus St. Cloud State at Mankato’s Verizon Wireless Center were apparently extremely frustrated with the length of the lines.
Kevin Buisman, MSU athletics director, told the Clinton Herald the problem was bad enough that he didn’t know how fans kept it together. "It was almost a paradox," Buisman told the Herald. "We're just lucky it didn't result in any mob mentality where people get frustrated to the point that they storm the doors or something."
Arena management apologized for the delay, saying the facility wasn’t ready for a capacity crowd and that security workers weren’t thoroughly trained to use metal-detecting wands.
The Verizon Wireless Center tried to get the word out that fans should expect longer lines, asking them to arrive earlier. Officials from MSU, the City of Mankato and the Verizon Wireless Center were set to meet Monday to discuss the problem.
Burt Lyman, Verizon Wireless Center director, told the Mankato, Minnesota Free Press that the shooting in Las Vegas was a game-changer. "Since the shooting in Las Vegas, we've had our three largest promoters — and actually the largest promoter in the country — say 'You'll have to have metal detectors and wands and possibly bomb-sniffing dogs or we won't be playing your building.' ”
- Netting to Be Extended at Milwaukee's Miller Park
by Tom Haudricourt October 2017
The Milwaukee Brewers have joined the growing number of major-league clubs announcing plans to extend protective netting for the 2018 season.
- Fan Sues Cubs, MLB over Foul Ball Injury
by Andy Berg October 2017
Major League Baseball may soon have to decide how it wants to deal with its foul ball problem.
- Is 'Baseball Rule' Still Valid?
by Bob Van Voris October 2017
Fresh off the New York Yankees' playoff-game win against the Minnesota Twins, a New York appeals court on Wednesday considered a lawsuit that is testing whether the Baseball Rule - like the Twins' 2017 season - is now obsolete.
- Police Investigate Threats Against MSU Sporting Events
by Courtney Cameron October 2017
East Lansing Police Lt. Chad Connelly announced Friday that the department is working with Michigan State University police as well as federal agencies to investigate threats targeting campus sporting events.
- Shooting Prompts Security Assessment at Camden
by Andy Berg October 2017
In light of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas this past weekend, the Baltimore Orioles might be looking to reassess security measures at Camden Yards.
- Yankees to Extend Netting for Next Season
by Dan Martin October 2017
Add the Yankees to the list of teams that will install additional protective netting this offseason in the wake of a young girl being injured in the stands by a line drive at the Stadium on Sept. 20.
- High School Student Falls to Death from Stadium
by Paul Steinbach October 2017
Though rare, falls from seating areas in stadiums have most often involved professional venues with upper decks, escalators or railed-off areas safeguarding some other drop-off of significant distance. On Saturday, Broken Arrow (Okla.) High School confirmed the death of junior Jaymeson West, who fell from the top of the school’s football stadium after a game Friday night.
According to the Tulsa World, West fell immediately after the game as many fans were exiting the stadium. As of Friday night, with detectives and crime scene investigators present, police said they believed the fall was an accident. West, a saxophone player in the Pride of Broken Arrow band, was transported from the scene by emergency responders to a local hospital.
It is unclear as of this writing exactly how far West fell, but the home stands at Broken Arrow Memorial Stadium stretch 40 seating rows high. The grandstand is topped by a railing system that appears in stadium photos to be several feet high and screened.
The high school media center was open Sunday afternoon for students seeking counseling, and counselors will be available all day Monday.
“As a mother of two students, one of whom is a Pride member, I am absolutely heartbroken,” Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said in a statement. “We are a family in Broken Arrow and are working together to make sure Jaymeson’s family and all of our students have everything they need during this devastating time.”
- Keeping Your Venue Safe from Terrorist Threats
by Jeffrey Miller October 2017
As security directors watch the terrorist threat escalate, their responses have been to fortify their programs accordingly. Unfortunately, it is not enough to keep pace with hostile actors; you must outpace them. You must anticipate new, emerging terrorist tradecraft and tactics before they are implemented. You must recognize potential risks and vulnerabilities in your facilities and address them before they are exploited. Whether you manage a professional sports venue, a high school athletic department or a community organization, the best way to begin this process is through a comprehensive risk and vulnerability assessment.
- Girl Struck by Foul Ball Reportedly 'Doing Okay'
by Erik Boland September 2017
Todd Frazier spoke to the father of the young girl struck by the foul line drive he hit Wednesday at Yankee Stadium and said she is "doing OK."