A brawl involving players and spectators broke out on the court following last Thursday night’s showdown of Western Athletic Conference college basketball tournament between Utah Valley and New Mexico State.
Fans rushed onto the court after New Mexico State guard K.C. Ross-Miller apparently hurled the ball at a Utah Valley player seconds after the game ended, according to a report on ESPN.
In a recent issue of Campus Firesafety e-NewZone, NFPA’s Robert Solomon addressed the life safety issues involved with fans “storming the court” following a momentous victory or controversial call.
“While competition, school spirit and pride are at the heart of why we care about these events, the safety side of managing the event is at the core of what campus fire marshals and administrators have to stay focused on,” wrote Robert.
Read the entire article, including Robert’s take on provisions in NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, that can apply to non-fire emergencies within assembly occupancies, like a venue for a college sporting event.