New York City has more professional sports teams than any other U.S. city, according to NYC data, and fans can be found in spectator stands almost every day of the week. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that more than 15 million fans cheer their teams at sporting venues across the United States each year. Amid the excitement, though, spectators suffer countless personal injuries in New York City and across the nation.
Statistics are difficult to find, but some studies have found that:
- Over the course of 127 National Hockey League games, errant pucks injured 122 spectators.
- Injuries to Major League Baseball fans from foul balls occurred at the rate of 35.1 injuries per million spectator visits.
The studies concluded that four American sports most likely to involve injuries among spectators are, in order, baseball, hockey, auto racing and golf. The recent devastating accident at the Daytona International Speedway, which injured 28 spectators, is a reminder of the potential dangers of attending some sporting events.
According to Slate, 46 spectators died at motorsport events between 1990 and 2010. But this pales in comparison with spectator deaths at soccer games worldwide. Most of these deaths occurred because of fights in the stands, Slate said.
New York is no stranger to roughness in the stands. Last year, a nasty fan fight was caught on tape at Yankee Stadium. But there are others causes of injuries to fans, as well. Countless people slip and fall in stands, on bathroom floors or on their way to grab a snack. Many times these accidents occur because of negligence, such as when employees of a sporting venue have failed to clean up spills or neglected to post clear warning signs.
If you have been hurt in a slip and fall or another type of accident at a New York City sporting event, the responsible party may be required to pay you compensation. The New York City premises liability law firm of David Resnick & Associates, P.C., offers a free consultation to help determine whether you have a case against those responsible for your injury. Contact us today.