Safety & Security: Stadium & Arena Security
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.
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.
Stadium Security Professionals Urged to Remain Diligent
by Paul Steinbach March 2012
Texas Rangers' Railing Renovation May Not Impact Codes, Other Teams
by Paul Steinbach August 2011
One can only imagine the emotional swing of a six-year-old — from the euphoria of tracking the arc of a baseball tossed in his direction by his favorite big-league player to the shock of looking down upon his bloodied father, who had just fallen 20 feet in an attempt to secure the souvenir. The image of the boy standing with one bare hand holding the railing that had failed to contain his dad, the other wearing the baseball glove purchased earlier that day, is as heartbreaking as any you're ever likely to see on a sports page.
Tailgating Causes Trouble at Reliant Park
by Andrew Cohen October 2010
The game-day tradition of tailgating by fans without tickets is a problem for the Houston Texans.
One on One: Baseball Fan Hollye Minter Recalls Fall from Stands
by Paul Steinbach July 2010
Ever wonder what it would be like to fall out of an upper deck? Hollye Minter would tell you, if only she could remember. Everything between losing contact with a 30-inch-tall railing on the Home Run Porch at The Ballpark in Arlington and landing on the Care Flight helipad at Parkland Hospital in Dallas is a blank. That was April 1, 1994, opening day of the Texas Rangers' new stadium, and Minter — who, on her 26th birthday, suffered a fractured vertebrae, two broken ribs, a broken shoulder and six broken teeth - was reminded of at least some aspects of her ordeal last month, when a man fell 30 feet out of the first row of the Ballpark's club level. Paul Steinbach spoke to Minter on July 7, the day after Tyler Morris became the second member of an unenviable Rangers fan club.
Stun Guns Increasingly Used at Sporting Events
by Paul Steinbach December 2008
Security officers are increasingly using stun guns to maintain order at sporting events, but are they taking crowd control too far?
Author of Death At the Ballpark Shares Views On Fan Safety
by Paul Steinbach September 2008
The co-author of Death at the Ballpark shares his views on fan-safety issues.