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1 Dead At Bonnaroo; Dozens Treated For Heat-Related Issues

Monday, 6/11/2018

By: Associated Press
Officials say a person has died while attending the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee.
News outlets report Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves confirmed a body was found Friday morning at a festival campground. Coffee County sheriff’s spokesman Lucky Knott says officials are investigating the cause of death but foul play is not suspected.
Officials did not release the person’s name.
Graves said dozens of people have been treated for heat-related issues at the festival that began Thursday in Manchester and runs through Sunday.

Woman jailed after allegedly setting fires at Kauffman Stadium

Woman jailed after allegedly setting fires at Kauffman Stadium

June 6, 2018 by 0 Comments

KANSAS CITY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating a suspect who allegedly set fires inside Kauffman Stadium early Wednesday.

Just before 5a.m. Wednesday, officers were dispatched to Kauffman Stadium at 1 Royal Way in regard to an EMS call, according to Darin Snapp with KCPD.

A stadium security officer told police that just after 4:30 a.m. he made contact with a woman later identified as 31-year-old Bridget L. Depriest who had unlawfully entered the stadium.

The security officer noticed her on the field with a flashlight and made contact with her.

Depriest told security she had been in the park since approximately 8 a.m. Tuesday and had entered through a gate on the southeast side of the stadium.

She stated she had been there all day and had walked the field and stadium.

The security officer stated there was what appeared to be trash and a bag out on the field. He told the woman to collect it and leave. After collecting the items and putting them in a bag she left them by the south side dugout.

The security officer showed police where debris had been left on the field. When checking the field it was discovered that Depriest had set three small fires on the field causing small burn marks in the grass.

During an area canvass, authorities located Depriest outside the stadium on the south east side near a vehicle gate. She was taken into custody and transported to East Patrol for booking. She was issued a summons for trespassing and openly burning resulting in property damage, according to Snapp.

Officials will review security footage to determine how long Depriest had been in the stadium.

The Royals played in Anaheim, California Tuesday. They lost to the Angels 1-0.

Tyson Fury vs Sefer Seferi crowd fight

Tyson Fury vs Sefer Seferi crowd fight: Shocking moment huge brawl breaks out during Manchester Arena bout

This is the shocking moment a huge brawl broke out in the crowd during Tyson Fury’s boxing comeback against Sefer Seferi.

Footage has emerged on social media of a large group out of their chairs and throwing punches during the bout at Manchester Arena.

The scuffle broke out with about one minute to go in the second round of the much anticipated fight, and both boxers seemed visibly distracted as it unfolded.

By round three the brawling is understood to have died down after arena security moved in.

Exclusive: Blacklisted Fan Bypasses Russia’s World Cup Security System

By Reuters

MOSCOW — A soccer fan blacklisted by Russian authorities for bad behavior was granted a document allowing him to attend World Cup matches, while several other fans have skirted a stadium ban, Reuters has found.

Russia has vowed to crack down on crowd unrest ahead of the World Cup, to be held from June 14 to July 15, and to weed out troublemakers by screening fans.

However, documents seen by Reuters show that Pavel Cherkas, a 32-year-old fan who was blacklisted last year for being drunk at a match, applied for and received a World Cup fan ID after the ban had taken effect.

Cherkas, who has attended matches despite being banned by the Interior Ministry, showed Reuters his World Cup fan ID, a document that is mandatory to attend matches and proves he has been approved by Russian authorities.

After Reuters asked the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media, which oversees the fan ID program, how a blacklisted fan was cleared to attend the World Cup, Cherkas was informed his ID had been revoked, without explanation.

The ministry said a fan ID can be canceled to ensure security or public order, or if it receives information about violations by spectators at events in or outside Russia.

Russia has pledged to curb stadium violence at the World Cup, hoping to expunge memories of brawls between Russian and English fans in Marseille during the 2016 European championship.

Fans say authorities have cracked down on hooligans in recent years and violence is less prevalent. But Russia still wants to show it is taking action and has launched a fan blacklist, which contains more than 400 names, although few violent cases.

However, Reuters has found that the authorities have not been systematically enforcing the list.

“I’m not saying the government is wrong in banning fans,” said Cherkas, smoking at a picnic table in central Moscow.

“But if they do, they should do so effectively.”

Reuters did not find other cases of blacklisted fans obtaining World Cup fan IDs and could not establish how widespread the problem was. Another blacklisted fan said his ID application had been rejected.

The dates on Cherkas’ ban were amended this month in what the interior ministry told him was a mix-up with another fan. His ban, which was to expire during the World Cup, is now listed as lasting until May 21. It remains unclear whether he will be granted another fan ID to attend two World Cup matches taking place on dates covered by his initial ban.

Nine blacklisted fans, including Cherkas, said they had regularly skirted the ban. Reuters reporters saw one of them at a match last month, while others provided photographic evidence of themselves attending sporting events while banned.

FIFA and the World Cup local organizing committee referred questions about how a blacklisted person could obtain a fan ID to the communications ministry, which said the document was issued at the discretion of federal security authorities.


Two Reuters reporters witnessed a blacklisted fan enter Moscow’s Spartak Stadium, a World Cup venue, for a Russian Cup match last month. With a ticket bearing his name in hand, the fan, a man in his mid-20s wearing red Air Jordan running shoes and a black beanie, made his way into the venue unobstructed.

The reporters remained with the fan, banned from attending sporting events last year for having lit a flare at a Russian Premier League match, throughout the match and left the stadium at the same time. He was not approached by stadium or security officials, nor was the name on his ticket checked.

At the stadium, he flipped through pictures on his iPhone of sporting events he had attended while banned, including Russian Premier League matches, an international soccer friendly, and a match at the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Reuters was able to contact 117 people on the blacklist, which contained 423 names as of March 20. Thirty-two agreed to speak, all but one under condition of anonymity.

Although the authorities have not been rigorously enforcing the list, they have taken some steps against hooliganism.

Police visit some fans known to authorities even though they are not officially banned. Some have been asked to promise not to disrupt the World Cup.

“I pledge not to organize or take part in fights, illegal actions and mass riots at sports facilities or on the territory of the Moscow region,” a form handed by police to one fan read.

But the blacklisted fans are not Russia’s most violent.

More than a third were included for lighting flares, smoke bombs or firecrackers or attempting to do so. Another 20 percent were banned for public drunkenness. One was blacklisted for kicking another fan.


Loopholes in the blacklist law make it hard to enforce.

Although meant to keep problematic fans out of stadiums, the law does not outline the events where identification is mandatory or where ticket holders must be checked against the blacklist. In any case, few events require identification.

“Many people were preventively included on the blacklist ahead of the World Cup for one reason or another. The authorities probably fear provocations,” said one fan, banned for tossing a flare at a Moscow stadium.

“At the police station, we were told there was an order to come up with a percentage of blacklisted fans.”

The Interior Ministry did not respond when asked whether it had ordered a certain number of fans to be banned or whether it knew that some blacklisted fans regularly attended matches.

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Maxim Rodionov; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Giles Elgood)

Pranksters sneak into Kendrick Lamar concert disguised as clean-up crew

ByRebecca Atkins

Updated: May 17, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Some might call it the perfect crime, while others might say it was just plain stupid. Two local college students disguised as the “clean up crew” snuck into the Kendrick Lamar concert Tuesday night with ease.

They documented the whole thing on social media as they dressed up like members of the “clean up crew,” wearing orange vests and toting giant trashcans they got at Wal-Mart.

“We are doing the employee parking they said,” said the girl in the video.

Then, they were let right in through the employee entrance. The guy and girl then headed to a Porta-Potty to take off their disguises.

“Don’t know what to do with this,” said the girl about her uniform.

Once they ditched the clothes, they then enjoyed the show, blending in among the sea of paying concertgoers.

While some people have commended their actions, not everyone is a fan of what they did.

“It’s a form of theft, you’re stealing from the artist, you’re stealing from the venue and it’s unacceptable,” said Kymberlee Boetcher.

She works at the Isleta Amphitheater and said it also presents concerns about safety.

“After all the incidents, like the Ariana Grande concert and stuff like that, there’s a lot of security concerns,” she said.

And clearly, these two had no trouble walking in like they worked there.

“I’m gonna give their names to my boss… I hope they get in trouble,” she said.

KRQE News 13 reached out to Live Nation, which hosts events at the venue. Live Nation is aware of the incident, but have yet to comment on the matter or the safety concerns it raises.

1 injured, 1 dead in shooting at Ballpark Village near Busch Stadium in St. Louis

1 injured, 1 dead in shooting at Ballpark Village near Busch Stadium in St. Louis

Ryan Young,Yahoo Sports, 4/30/18

Two people were shot during an event at Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis, right across from Busch Stadium, on Sunday night, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

One of the victims was shot in the head and was unresponsive, and the other was shot in the thigh. Both were taken to the hospital. Early Monday morning, police told local St. Louis news station KSDK that one of the victims had died from their injuries. The shooter escaped from police, and is still on the loose, according to the Post-Dispatch.

From the Post-Dispatch:

St. Louis police Maj. Mary Warnecke said several hundred people were at a ticketed event on the rooftop level of the Budweiser Brew House when an argument broke out about 8 p.m. Someone pulled a gun and fired. She said it’s believed the people struck were innocent bystanders. Both are men in their 30s.

Ballpark Village sits just across the street from Busch Stadium, and is an integral part of every St. Louis Cardinals home game. The Cardinals played a day game against the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Sunday. They will play next at home on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox.

“We are shocked and saddened by the senseless shooting at a private event at Ballpark Village Sunday night,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our guests. We are praying for the victims and their families and we are working in every way possible to help the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department with their investigation, including their effort to apprehend the individual responsible. We are grateful that our security staff and the St. Louis Police Officers on site were able to respond so quickly to help care for the victims. We are urging anyone with information about what took place to contact the St. Louis Police Department or Crime Stoppers.”

Bomb Blast at Packed Somalia Soccer Stadium Kills Five Fans

By Associated Press

April 12, 2018

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A bomb exploded at a packed football stadium in southern Somalia and killed five spectators while wounding several others, police said Thursday evening.

The Somalia-based, al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion in the port town of Barawe. Witnesses said the bomb had been buried in the sandy stadium and went off during the local-level match.

Most of the eight people wounded were in serious condition and were being treated at a local hospital, police Col. Abdirizak Ahmed told The Associated Press.

Barawe once was a key al-Shabab stronghold before Somali and African Union forces seized the town and drove out the extremists, who had banned sports activities in areas under their control. Al-Shabab still has a large presence in Lower Shabelle region and has carried out several attacks in the town.

The extremist group often targets high-profile areas of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, and it was blamed for the October truck bombing there that killed 512 people in the country’s deadliest-ever attack. Only a few attacks worldwide since 9/11 have killed more people.

A month before the October bombing Mogadishu celebrated its first nighttime football match in decades, with many residents calling it a step forward in a fragile recovery from decades of violent chaos. And late last year the country’s football federation announced its intention to start hosting international matches this year, citing what it called an improving security situation.

The Horn of Africa nation continues to struggle to counter al-Shabab, which has been called the deadliest Islamic extremist group in sub-Saharan Africa. Concerns have been high over plans to hand over the country’s security to Somalia’s military as a 21,000-strong African Union force begins a withdrawal that is expected to be complete in 2020.

The U.S. military, which has stepped up efforts against al-Shabab in the past year with dozens of drone strikes, has said Somali forces are not yet ready.

Dodgers Investigate Allegations of Security Beating Fan

by Sarah Batcha
March 2018
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The Daily News of Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Dodgers are investigating claims Friday that a fan was severely beaten by stadium security on Opening Day.

Dodger security and Los Angeles Police Department officers were allegedly seen in a video captured by a witness holding someone down as they took him into custody at Dodger Stadium Thursday.

Franco Rodriguez of Norco told ABC7 “there was about 10 of them completely all punching me in my face, throwing blows to the side of my stomach, kicking me.”

Rodriguez had his injuries photographed after he left a hospital Friday morning. He said that he wasn’t drunk and that it started when he was watching another fan “getting a hard time from security.”

Rodriguez told ABC7 he asked officers what the problem was, and the next thing he knew, he was being escorted out of the stadium. It was unclear what caused his expulsion from the game.

“My whole side of my legs are completely bruised from the kneeing that they were doing,” Rodriguez told ABC7. “It’s nothing that I’m making up because they have footage. It will all show what they did to me.”

What also hurts Rodriguez is that he said he’s been a die-hard Dodger fan for nearly two decades. He also told ABC7 that he spent $15,000 for his family to attend last year’s World Series. He also said he isn’t sure what he wants to do next.

“I’m definitely going to voice my opinion to them and I will hear them out, just like they need to hear me out also,” he said.

Police officers responded to what they called “a private person’s citizen’s arrest,” LAPD Officer Tony Im told City News Service.

“Security called us and we responded to the location,” Im said.

Rodriguez was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries and the responding officers took a “crime report, alleging a battery had taken place,” Im said.

Rodriguez was named as the suspect, Im said.

“The report will be eventually turned over to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office which could decide to file a misdemeanor charge against Rodriguez,” Im said.

The team issued a statement saying “we are investigating the matter and have no further comment at this time.”

Police arrest 6 accused of planning stabbing rampage during Berlin Half Marathon

Police arrest 6 accused of planning stabbing rampage during Berlin Half Marathon

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. April 8, 2018

German authorities had been watching the suspected terrorists for weeks.

Tipped off by a foreign intelligence agency, they believed at least one of them had a link to Anis Amri, a Tunisian who barreled a truck through a Berlin Christmas market in the last Islamic terrorist attack on German soil, according to the Associated Press. Police were watching one suspect’s movements around the clock.

On Sunday police said they arrested the man and five co-conspirators and foiled an alleged plot intended to inflict horror. The arrested men had planned to wade through dense crowds of runners and spectators at the Berlin Half Marathon, using knives to slash at anyone in reach, authorities said. Police have not released the names of the men who have been detained or any information about the charges they face.

More than 36,000 people participated in the event, setting an attendance record, according to the BBC. The race was guarded by more than 630 police officers and went off undisturbed.

“In the run-up to the Berlin Half Marathon, there were isolated indications that the six detainees, between the ages of 18 and 21, may have been involved in the preparation of a crime in connection with this event,” the Berlin police department said in a statement on its website.

Police said they were also on alert after a man plowed a van into a crowd  in the northern German city of Münster on Saturday, killing two and injuring 20 others.

Investigators have not released a motive, but said the man was a “psychologically disturbed” German national and that they don’t suspect a link to terrorism, according to The Washington Post’s Souad Mekhennet and Michael Birnbaum. The man had had several run-ins with local police, including a time when he threatened his father with an ax.

Still, “the attack sparked fears on a continent that has been hit repeatedly by attacks in which vehicles have been turned into weapons in crowded city centers,” Mekhennet and Birnbaum reported.

In Berlin, police conducted raids before the race started, including at a house that was searched after the Christmas market attack, CBS News reported. In one of the homes, search dogs indicated the presence of explosives, although police haven’t released more details.

On Sunday, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said the government would do everything it can to protect citizens. “We have again experienced that absolute security is unfortunately not possible,” he said, according to CBS News.

Still, the German anti-terror apparatus has been bolstered in the past two years.

According to Reuters, after Amri’s attack, German leaders called for tougher security measures. No major Islamist attack has been carried out in the country since then.

The Berlin Half Marathon has been held annually in Germany’s capital since the early 1980s and now attracts tens of thousands of runners from around the world. Erick Kiptanui, of Kenya, won Sunday’s race in 58 minutes, 42 seconds, a course record that equaled the fastest time in the world this year, race organizers said on their website.

Can Spctator Seating Be Both Steep and Safe

Can Spectator Seating Be Both Steep and Safe?

by Matt Rossetti
April 2018

The Bell Centre in Montreal is known as one of the NHL’s most intimidating venues for visiting players, mainly due to a large lower bowl and steep upper-bowl seating. In fact, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland stated that from a player’s perspective, this type of design makes it seem like “everybody is on top of you.”

In addition to the home-team advantage the design provides, it also gives fans better sightlines to the action and lets them feel more engaged in the event due to such close proximity. This is an increasingly important factor, as in-person attendance for sporting events continues to decline and ownership groups seek new solutions to provide a better live experience.

But that proximity carries a potentially steep price. Fan accidents at the 19,000-seat Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., have led to at least four lawsuits resulting from fans tripping and falling in the arena’s steep upper bowl. More commonly, fans attending events at arenas with steep stairs complain of experiencing vertigo. Looking up at seemingly endless rows of seating can make fans feel as though they are falling.

These types of incidents have raised some serious and difficult questions. At a time when owners and their architects are facing mounting pressure to improve the fan experience to halt and reverse dropping attendance rates, is there a way to prioritize both the fan experience and fan safety without compromising either?

Safe space

The short answer is yes, but it requires owners and venue designers to think creatively about new and unique solutions that evolve existing design elements in exciting ways.

Take the gondola seating in Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena, which opened last September. This section features a suspended steel frame that hangs from the arena roof, giving fans, broadcasters and team personnel in the gondola an unobstructed bird’s-eye view of the action.

This concept isn’t all that new, however. It actually takes cues from Maple Leaf Gardens, which opened in 1931, as well as the Chase Bridge in Madison Square Garden. Maple Leaf Gardens featured a broadcast booth perched five stories up that was said to look “like the gondola of a cruise ship.” When Little Caesars Arena was built, it incorporated this idea of a high-level vantage point, but evolved it into a separate seating structure that hangs from the roof rafters more than 90 feet above the playing surface.

As a safety measure, the gondola seating in Little Caesars Arena features clear Plexiglas barriers in the front row to keep fans secure, with waist-high drink rails performing the same function for fans in the back row.

A new era of arena design

Other innovative architects and arena design professionals are going a step further and completely rethinking the traditional arena design.

Consider that even though stairs have gotten steeper, bringing fans closer to the action, the foundational principles of arena design haven’t changed much in the thousands of years since Roman times, with seating progressively moving up and away from the playing surface.

With live entertainment competing with modern home-entertainment technologies that make the home viewing experience that much better, the in-person experience needs to give fans something they can’t get at home.

One promising new model begins by upending some of the most basic tenets of arena design. Conceived as a way to preserve and enhance arena excitement while integrating the immersive qualities of an intimate environment, the inverted bowl is a proprietary concept that has been developed and tested over the past seven-plus years. The inverted bowl design solves the steep-upper-deck dilemma by doing something unexpected: it doesn’t back away, it leans in — with revolutionary balcony seating that catapults viewers closer to the action. The result is broadcast-quality views that are up to 50 percent closer.

The inverted bowl doesn’t just preserve fan safety — it prioritizes it. Larger landings and less crowding minimizes the chances of accidents and keeps fans away from edges — all without compromising viewing positions.

Typical inverted bowl design features four tiers, with each tier seating roughly 2,000 spectators in three rows of seating. Dividing the upper bowl into multiple tiers means guests will navigate fewer stairs to get into and out of their seats. This compartmentalizes the population, allowing for lower density on the concourses, which reduces the chance of panic and crowding in an emergency.

Additionally, a tier of only three rows greatly reduces the vertigo experienced in a steep upper bowl. A spectator seated in the last row of a typical 20-row upper bowl may have to traverse nearly 60 steps to get to their row, and then precariously sidestep in front of seated spectators to access their seat. By comparison, the number of steps in the tiers of the inverted bowl never exceeds 10, which is akin to a typical two-story residence.

A stationary seat with a swing mechanism secures patrons in their seats, and instead of walking in front of other fans to access a seat, individuals walk safely behind the swivel chairs, keeping passersby safely behind tall chair backs. This is achieved by designing each row to be 25 percent deeper than that of the typical upper bowl, adding an additional 12 inches of space for spectators to circulate comfortably. There has never been a bowl designed where fans step behind the seats — a solution that keeps both seated viewers and passersby safe and comfortable.

Concepts like this have the potential to inspire a new generation of arena design and a new era in live entertainment. As more venue designers look beyond traditional conventions to create novel — even unorthodox — venue concepts, the sky’s the limit in terms of upper-level seating and fan engagement.

This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of Athletic Business with the title “Do steep arena bowls compromise spectator safety?.

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