The tragic death of a fan at the Texas Rangers stadium last week shined a spotlight on dangerous conditions that exist at stadiums or arenas. Accidents are not uncommon at sporting events, but if you follow a few basic safety precautions, you can greatly reduce your risk of injury.
The fan was killed when he fell 20 feet while trying to catch a baseball for his young son. It is the first fatality at the stadium since it opened in 1994. Experts say that while deaths are rare, they do happen at sporting events. Earlier this year, another man died at a Colorado Rockies game after falling 20 feet. Last year, a woman died after being hit by a foul ball.
Experts say that the railing the Texas fan fell over was high enough to meet safety standards, but many argue that railings should be higher. Others want to see protective netting placed at strategic locations to help fans avoid being injured by balls or flying bats. Many fans disagree, feeling that those types of safety measures would block their views of the game. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said earlier this week that baseball teams are reviewing their safety standards after the Rangers accident. However, currently each baseball team determines its own particular safety plan.
If you are planning on attending a baseball game or other sporting event this summer, there are steps you can take to stay safe. First, be aware of your surroundings. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment to try to catch a ball or a souvenir that’s tossed into the stands, but before you do so, take a quick glance at your surroundings. Can you safely attempt the catch? Also, if you are sitting in an area that could see a ball or a bat flying into the stands, stay alert and focused on the game as much as possible. Finally, stay cool. Heatstroke is one of the most common medical issues that arise at summer baseball games, and it can be serious. Stay well hydrated and move into the shade as much as you need to.
Have you been injured in an accident on someone else’s property? Do you feel the accident could have been prevented if the property owner had taken proper safety precautions? If so, contact Dallas premises liability attorney Kris Barber at 817-527-8833 for a free consultation on your case.