Competitive sports are an integral part of our society and each new year brings a new sports season with it, be it basketball, baseball, soccer, football, or tennis. All of these sports rely on large stadiums, both indoor and outdoor, to provide a place for their fans to come out and cheer for their favorites. However, many of these stadiums were built with capacity and not safety in mind.
Catching a foul ball at a baseball game may be every baseball fan’s dream, but tumbling over the rail while trying to do so does not usually fit into the plan. The owners of sports stadiums, as with the owners of any premises open to the public, are responsible for the safety of their patrons. Unlike premises with smaller capacity, sports stadiums must also take crowd safety into account. What is safe for 100 people may not be safe for 10,000. Some common stadium hazards include:
- Narrow stairways or stairwells;
- Short railings (especially dangerous during baseball games);
- Broken or unstable seats;
- Food and liquids left on the ground;
- Steep levels;
- Irregular or uneven steps/stairs;
- Inadequate security;
- Poor lighting;
- Limited walking space along rows; and
- No protective handrails.
If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury as the result of an unsafe stadium condition then you may be able to hold the stadium owner liable for damages by filing a premises liability claim. At the Southern California personal injury law firm of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP, our experienced Los Angeles premises liability attorneys will examine the details of your accident to determine whether a property owner’s negligence or violation of building safety codes contributed to your injuries and pursue maximum compensation on your behalf. It is inexcusable that property owners should devalue the safety of their patrons for the sake of selling tickets. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and options at 213-514-8332.