NCAA Basketball Tournament 2017- Glendale Stadium! Four Tips to Keep You Safe At the NCAA Basketball Tournament
Fan violence is not a new phenomenon, but is a dangerous one. It has existed since the beginning of sports and competition. One example is the Sydney Riot of 1879 where approximately 2,000 fans invaded the pitch and disrupted play after an umpiring dispute broke out between members of the visiting English cricket team and the New South Wales Cricket Association.
Although many sports can be violent or have their violent moments within the heat of competition, the real danger is not the athletes and is not on the field or the court. The true danger is in the parking lot and is in the seats at the stadium or the arena. The true danger is the spectators. Many who are drunk, some who are thugs, and some who are both.
In many respects this is unavoidable when thousands of fans are put in a confined space, given alcohol, you throw in testosterone and the adrenaline that comes from being emotionally invested in the game, and violence is going to happen.
An example of this happened on September 21, 2014, at the 49ers-Cardinals NFL football game when a large group of fans began fighting and went tumbling down a flight of concrete stairs. When the melee was broken up and the stairway was cleared, the bloody steps remained.
In baseball, a Dodgers fan was stabbed to death in 2014 after attending a game at San Francisco. Two years earlier Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten into brain damage at Dodger Stadium.
In addition to fan violence, there are other real dangers that we seldom think about. When 20,000 plus people pack into one area like a basketball arena, an event like the NCAA basketball tournament can be an attractive target for anyone wanting to make a statement or simply harm a large number of people. The bombing at the marathon in Boston a few years back is an example of this. You need to know before hand that evacuating from a large event when there has been an incident can be a nightmare. Even after a small incident the situation can quickly spiral out of control because the crowd panics. After any incident, large or small, you can easily be caught off-guard and find yourself in the middle of the chaos without a quick way to get out.
So how can you have fun at a major sporting event and be safe at the same time? These are my tips for staying safe.
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