At the Ballpark in Arlington, New "Safety Initiatives" In Advance of Higher Railings

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Photo by Sam Merten
The view from Section 235, from which Tyler Morris plummeted 30 feet in July 2010
This just in from the Texas Rangers' John Blake: Beginning Friday, when the club opens a seven-game home stand against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Rangers will introduce "a series of new safety initiatives" that will pave the way for raised railings following the July 7 death of 39-year-old Brownwood firefighter Shannon Stone. Says Blake's announcement:
Over the past 10 days, the Rangers have consulted with a number of industry experts to discuss options concerning the rail heights at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Even though all current rail heights in Rangers Ballpark in Arlington currently exceed code, the Rangers intend to raise the height of all rails in front of seating areas to the highest standard in the United States at this time.
But till the refitted rails are designed and installed, the team's putting in place other precautionary measures, which you will find after the jump. Says Rangers CEO and president Nolan Ryan, who was released from the hospital today following Sunday's chest pains, "The safety of our fans is our top priority.The initiatives we are announcing today for Rangers Ballpark in Arlington will help to ensure that we meet that priority."
Per the Rangers, these are the new safety initiatives in advance of the redone railing:
1) New signage is being installed on the railings at the base of the aisles and in front of front row seating, which states "DO NOT LEAN, SIT ON, OR STAND AGAINST RAIL". The signage will be on the railings in front of all outfield seating from foul pole to foul pole and on all upper level seating, including the two suite levels.

2) A pre-game warning with the same information will be made prior to the start of each game over the Ballpark's public address system and on the scoreboards.

3) Security and Customer Service staff will enforce this policy with guests seated near the rails.


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14 comments
sb
sb

Has there been any talk of replacing the grate that once sat atop the area where Shannon fell? Seems like that'd go a long way, at least in that spot, toward preventing another accident of this severity.

brett
brett

best solution: block off the first row of seats in front of the railing and don't let anyone in that row for any reason.  No further need to raise any railings. 

G_David
G_David

This sounds to me like a knee-jerk reaction to a problem that doesn't actually exist.  The railings are already a huge pain in the ass visually to anybody sitting in the front row that's not 6'5" or taller.  This can only make it worse.  Besides, you'd have to make them armpit-high to ensure nobody goes over.   It's kind of like telling somebody to be sure and not have a wreck on the way home from work.  You can say it all you want, but accidents are going to happen.  Maybe they can just put a safety harness on every last person sitting in a front row.

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

Gov. Perry vetoed the no texting while driving bill. I wonder what he thinks of all this.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Good move by the rangers, but as in all things in life, you cant regulate common sense,and you cant avoid the truly freak accident. 

sb
sb

Make the rails armpit-high and people will just duck in  between the top and middle part. 

scottindallas
scottindallas

Probably 4 ft of safety glass would fix the rail issue with no visibility problems. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

As I think about it more and more, dont 99% of us realize that buying tickets on the first row comes with the knowledge that sometihng like this could happen and doesnt said person take on the responsibility of keeping themselves safe knowing they bought tickets in area that is more risky than others

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I think he waits for God to tell him what to think.

G_David
G_David

Because I want to watch a game through a window?  I'm sure they would keep it spotless, right?

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