While you may feel that a property owner is protecting you from danger (negligent security, inadequate security), it is often the case that property owners put profits over safety, and when that happens dangerous predators seize the opporunity to attack.
For the most part, sporting events and music concerts are safe; however, due to the size and sometimes the lack of oversight and safety, these venues can lead to a variety of safety issues and crimes (assaults, rapes, shootings, stabbings, falls, etc.) that may cause serious injury and even death.
So, are sports fans and concert goers getting the level of security they deserve when it comes to their safety? Owners and managers of sports stadiums and concert halls are supposed to take reasonable steps to make sure that anyone on their property is protected from foreseeable harms.
In regards to concerts, there is no single government agency that oversees or sets rules for outdoor concerts. In many cases no one inspects the stages before concert goers arrive. For events in general, as the crowd size increases, so does the probability of a dangerous occurrence and the number of potential victims. The likelihood of a crime also increases if you add in drug and alcohol usage, and passionate and aggressive fans at a rock concert or at a soccer game. Often larger venues and crowds make hard to react to and control a potential dangerous situation and in some cases it diffuses the responsibility of the person(s) responsible for managing the venue and safety of the attendees.
Notable Sports & Concert Stadium Incidents
There are many different types of crowds to manage. Some of the crowds that most concern owners and managers of concert venues and sports stadiums include aggressive or hostile crowds (rowdy, verbal and lawlessness), demonstrative crowds (organized – pickets marches), escape or trampling crowds, dense or suffocating crowds, rushing or looting crowds (acquire, steal or obtain something), and violent crowds (attack, shoot, stab, terrorize). In some communities, gangs are a big concern when it comes to violence at high school sporting events like football games.
While some sporting and concert venues have improved security measures to include security personnel, bag checks (looking for guns, knives, etc.), DUI checkpoints, halting the sale of alcohol, adding additional lighting in the parking lots, not opening parking lots until four hours prior to game time or venue and banning tailgating once the venue begins crimes can still happen.
If you or someone you know has been attacked in a stadium or arena and you suspect that negligent or inadequate security is to blame, contact our negligent security and premises liability attorneys to discuss your legal rights.