Safety & Security: Spectator Safety
- Opinion: Time for Fans to Demand Baseball Safety
by Bob Nightengale September 2017
It's time, people. It's time for you, the fans, to speak out. Sure, blame the New York Yankees for a 2-year-old girl's hospitalization; if you must, blame Major League Baseball...
- Opinion: Yankees Must Extend Netting Before Tragedy Strikes
by David Lennon September 2017
So far, only 10 of 30 ballparks extend protective netting along each foul line, including the Mets, who worked quickly to install the screens at Citi Field during the All-Star break in July. Despite commissioner Rob Manfred's recommendations that every team deploy the netting - he began stumping for it two years ago - the additional protection still isn't mandatory.
- Foul Ball Injures Child at Yankee Stadium
by Laura Albanese September 2017
Yankees players were calling for more protective netting in front of fans at the Stadium after a child was injured by a foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier during Wednesday's game against the Twins. The Yankees said the child was being treated at an area hospital, but released no other information because of health privacy laws. "The child who was struck with a batted ball today was given first aid at the ballpark and is receiving medical attention at an area hospital," the team said. "The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA, prevents the team from giving more information. We will have no further comment at this time."
- Duke Removes 'Crow's Nest' Seating Citing Safety Concerns
by Steve Wiseman and Jonathan M. Alexander September 2017
Duke basketball officials last week said the university has removed its "crow's nest" seating at Cameron Indoor Stadium due to safety concerns.
- Severe Weather Safety at Outdoor Venues
by Brad Nelson September 2017
Monitoring the weather, understanding the threat and making the call to evacuate for the safety of players and fans is no easy task, and it's one that venue managers must take seriously.
- Two Dead in Stampede as Fans Enter Soccer Match
by Andy Berg July 2017
A soccer match in South Africa turned deadly over the weekend after a stampede ensued while fans were entering the 87,000-seat FNB stadium in Johannesburg.
The match between the Orlando Pirates and the Kaizer Chiefs was eventually played but not before two people died and 17 people were injured, one critically, when people pushed their way through stadium gates.
Public safety official Michael Sun tweeted sympathies over the fatalities and noted that all the gates to the stadium were open to ensure crowd safety.
ABC News reported that the disruption that caused the crush was the result of people selling fake tickets outside the stadium.
@blacklabelsa CUP STATEMENT: We are saddened by the fatalities this afternoon due to a number of people attempting to push through the gates— Orlando Pirates FC (@Orlando_Pirates) July 29, 2017
The match was eventually played, and the Chiefs won 1-0.
The BBC reports that the Pirates and Chiefs are no strangers to these kinds of accidents. In April of 2001, the two teams saw 43 fans die in a crush during a match at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg. Ten years prior, 42 people died in a stampede between the same two teams at Oppenheimer Stadium in the city of Orkney.
Formerly called Soccer City Stadium, FNB Stadium has a long history. Nelson Mandela gave his famous speech there after being released from prison in 1990. The venue was later rebuilt for the 2010 World Cup and was the site of the final that year between Spain and the Netherlands.
- Eight Dead After Riot Erupts at Senegal Soccer Stadium
by Andy Berg July 2017
Spectator safety continues to be a problem at soccer matches, as eight people were killed and scores more were injured at a Senegal Premier League final over the weekend.
According to a report from Aljazeera, fans of Ouakam and Sade de Mbour clashed Saturday as they were leaving the game. Police fired tear gas into the crowd, which resulted in a stampede as panic spread throughout the stadium.
Adding to the chaos, a wall that supported bleacher seating collapsed after police started firing the tear gas canisters into the crowd.
Matar Ba, the Senegalese sports minister, said a young girl was among the dead and more than 60 other fans were injured and taken to local health facilities. Ba vowed “strong measures” would be taken so that such an event “will never be repeated in Senegal.” The BBC put the number of injured closer to 100.
The clash between fans apparently began when US Ouakam supporters began throwing stones at Stade de Mbour fans after Mbour scored in extra time to go ahead 2-1.
Cheikh Maba Diop, a spectator at the match whose friend died when the wall collapsed, told the Associated Foreign Press, "All of a sudden when the wall fell... we knew exactly that some of our own had lost their lives because the wall fell directly onto people."
The BBC reported that Senegal’s Football Federation has temporarily suspended US Ouakam until the FSF can decide on sanctions against the team
- Following Grenfell Disaster, UK Stadiums Check Fire Safety
by Jason Scott June 2017
Stadiums in the United Kingdom’s Premier League and Football League are being checked for a flammable cladding in the wake of a disaster that left more than 80 people dead.
- Child Receives Second-Degree Burns at Splash Pad
by Courtney Cameron May 2017
A concerned parent called the Greenwood, Ind., parks department after her son received a second-degree burn on Monday from walking on the blacktop of a splash pad at City Center Park.
- Bat Strikes Fans at Petco Park
by Jason Scott May 2017
In the ninth inning of Thursday’s game between the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres, a bat slipped from out of Padres catcher Hector Sanchez’s hands and flew into the stands, striking fans.