When Cheering On UConn Here Are Some Ways To Stay Safe

April 8, 2024
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If you’re planning on attending tonight’s National Championship game between the defending National Champion UConn Huskies and Purdue in Glendale, AZ, you will be among nearly 63,000 of your closest friends. Some might argue that holding a basketball game in a football arena is a little bit silly, but the NCAA would disagree. However you slice it, that’s where the game will be played tonight and whether you’re watching in person or at home on your couch, it is a great time to be rooting on the UConn Huskies.

With all of that said, attending sporting events where you will be sharing the arena with thousands of people is one way you may find yourself experiencing an unfortunate injury that could lead to a New Haven personal injury case. Anytime you find yourself in a crowded space there are chances that you might become injured and while we don’t wish this for you, because we certainly do want you to be able to enjoy the game with your friends, we want you to be aware of the situation that might exist if you’re planning on attending one of these big gatherings.

There are certain safety concerns that might be out of your control, but there are some that are certainly well within your control. For instance, if you are moving throughout the stadium in a crowded space, you may want to avoid drinking alcohol or taking drugs. Being under the influence of any substance may lead you to make poor decisions and reduce your reaction time when something doesn’t go according to plan, which is likely to happen. While you may not want to skip the alcohol all together, you can certainly reduce the amount of alcohol you’re drinking so you can make better choices as you experience the game in person.

Another safety situation you can avoid all together and is in your control is your use of a cell phone. If you’re in your seat at the game, your cell phone is fine to use, but once you get up and walking through crowds it can become a distraction that you really do not need. If you are distracted and trying to navigate a large crowd you may be putting yourself in a situation where you are not safe and you could experience an accident.

There are of course things at a big sporting event or any event where people are gathering that could lead to an injury that is out of your control. Some of these things include a slip, trip or fall. Stadium stairs and slippery surfaces are often the culprits here and you should take additional caution when you are walking up or down stairs or you are on a concourse where there is some sort of slippery substance that may lead to you falling down and hurting yourself. While accidents do happen, if you are on the lookout for these types of situations you may be able to protect yourself against getting injured.

Another hazard that you might experience, especially if you are attending an event with nearly 70,000 people are falling objects. It’s rather unlikely at a basketball game that you will be hit and injured by the basketball itself, although not entirely out of the question. However, there are also situations where fans throw or drop things and they could strike you at an in inopportune time or in an unusual way and that could lead to you becoming injured. You can protect yourself by staying in your seat and not leaning over a railing in front of you which may expose you to items falling from above.

One other hazard that exists and is sadly a bit of a commentary on how society views sporting events in general is crowd altercations. Fans get wild and when they are rooting for opposing teams can get out of hand while challenging fans from another team. These types of altercations happen with more regularity then you might expect and can pose a serious injury risk to you. The best thing you can do here is to keep your head down and stay to yourself while others around you may be getting rowdy you can keep your cool and just enjoy the game, win or lose. If you really want to keep yourself safe you may want to avoid wearing any fan gear from your team so you can stay under the radar.

While there are other hazards that may lead to a New Haven personal injury case when you’re attending games in a large stadium, these are three of the most dangerous ones. You can take steps to avoid getting injured and if you do you can go to the stadium to just enjoy the game. While injuries at arenas are unlikely, they do happen and if you’re on the lookout for hazards along the way you will be in a much safer space then if you aren’t aware of your surroundings.

We are so excited to watch UConn play for another National Championship tonight. GO HUSKIES!!!