Safety & Security: Spectator Safety
- Study: Game Days Linked to Uptick in Assault
by Andy Berg March 2018
College campuses across the country have a big problem with sexual assault and it might stem in part from the partying associated with game days.
- Cubs Dropped from Injured Fan's Lawsuit
by Jason Scott March 2018
Baseball fan John “Jay” Loos was struck by a foul ball at Wrigley Field last August while sitting in an outfield section along the first base line. The incident left him blinded in one eye, and he later filed a negligence lawsuit against MLB and the Chicago Cubs.
- Can Spectator Seating Be Both Steep and Safe?
by Matt Rossetti March 2018
The Bell Centre in Montreal is known as one of the NHL's most intimidating venues for visiting players, mainly due to a large lower bowl and steep upper-bowl seating. In fact, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland stated that from a player's perspective, this type of design makes it seem like "everybody is on top of you."
- Courts Continue to Chip Away at Baseball Rule
by Paul Anderson February 2018
Entering Miller Park here in Milwaukee for a Brewers game, fans might notice the "watch out for flying bats and balls" signs, but how many fans understand that those signs are a warning of the actual dangers inherent in watching a game?
- Ball Field Closed for Safety Likely Won't Reopen for a Year
by The Union Leader February 2018
Riley Field, which is used by the school district and the town, needs nearly $150,000 in work, according to officials. "It is tricky because there are limited resources. There is a huge amount of demand for all fields," Superintendent Chip McGee told the school board this week.
- Pro, College Baseball Stadiums Expand Safety Netting
by Derrek Asberry February 2018
The mood inside Yankee Stadium shifted dramatically during a game last September when a foul ball, clocked at 105 mph, shot off the bat of Todd Frazier and struck a two-year-old girl in the face.
- HS Basketball Brawl Requires Massive Police Response
by Andy Berg February 2018
An estimated 60 people were involved Tuesday night in a massive brawl at a high school basketball game between Clairton (Pa.) and Monessen high schools.
- Safety Netting Extended at Safeco Field
by Spokesman Review February 2018
The Seattle Mariners will extend the protective netting at Safeco Field for the upcoming season to include protection behind both dugouts.
- Red Sox Extend Safety Netting at Spring Training Facility
by David Dorsey January 2018
Extended safety nets are coming to JetBlue Park at Fenway South, spring training home of the Boston Red Sox. The nets will extend past both dugouts, cover the infield areas of play and approach the outfield. They could be considered prototypes for the future of all baseball stadiums in the United States, said Kevin Devantier, sales manager for ProMats Athletics, a North-Carolina-based sporting accessories company that will complete the installation prior to Feb. 12.
- Opinion: It's Time to Finally Ban Court Storming
by Derek Redd January 2018
I had always been neutral on the topic of court stormings. I participated in such an event once in my life — when Wheeling Park's boys basketball team beat Woodrow Wilson in triple overtime in the 1995 Class AAA state championship game. Otherwise, if the kids wanted to rush the basketball court or the football field to celebrate a big win, it didn't bother me either way. After the events of this past weekend, though, it might be time to put the practice into the mothballs.