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Fan injuries should lead to safety questions

There is nothing quite like the excitement felt at a sporting event. Fans from all over come to cheer on their favorite players and share their love of the sport. Unfortunately, recent fan falls have taken the focus off the team and put it on sporting complexes and their obvious safety issues.

A fan was injured during the Denver Broncos home opener Sunday when he apparently fell from the stands. The individual was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries post the 15-foot fall that left him in critical condition. Although the nature of his injuries is not known, it is believed the fall was an accident and foul play was not mentioned as a concern.

It may come as a surprise for some game day patrons if fan safety is not made a top concern for facility management. Coming on the heels of another fan's death at an Atlanta baseball game?this fan, too, fell from the stands? The Denver incident may spark some serious discussion. Some individuals may cite railing height, seating capacity and alcohol sales as contributing factors to fan injuries. Although incidents like the ones in Denver and Atlanta are rare, fan injuries are not. If more attention is not paid to how and why these terrible accidents happen, it may only be a matter of time before facilities have quite a problem on their hands.

While the issue of negligence has not yet come up in regard to the Denver fall, fan safety must be put on high priority. Any safety factors known to be contributing to fan injuries should be corrected before more incidents occur. For individuals that have suffered an injury or lost a loved one due to the negligence of others, speaking to an injury attorney may help.

Source: Daily News, "Fan at Denver Broncos game falls over railing and is in critical condition: police," AP, Sep. 13, 2015

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