Riskcan be described as a circumstance that entails exposure to danger.It is the probability of losing or experiencing something. Inemergency services terms, a risk is a potential exposure to a hazardor something hazardous. A risk can also be defined as an uncertainactivity that if it happens, can have either positive or adverseimpact. In the contemporary globe, people are exposed to variousdangers, including natural hazards like floods and earthquakes orhuman-caused calamities like fires. People are also exposed to riskswhen it comes to sports venues. Risk management involves fivecritical phases that is identification, analysis/assessment,evaluation, treatment, and monitoring. All these elements have to becarried out effectively to mitigate risks. As such, this paper willconduct a risk assessment on MetLife Stadium and provide means ofalleviating the same.
Oneof the most feared risk entails terror attacks that would affect theentire stadium. As such, the entire population becomes vulnerable tothese attacks. The current globe is faced with numerous terrorincidents that inhibit a country’s growth. The 9/11 attack is oneof the most devastating disasters to have happened in the UnitedStates. Since MetLife Stadium attracts a broad range of spectators,it offers a target for the terrorists to attack. In the case of aterror attack, the coaches, athletes, spectators, and the surroundingresidents. Just like the 9/11 attack affected the many people aroundthe area killing over 2,996 people while injuring another 6,000. Thelevel of risk is medium [ CITATION Joh06 l 1033 ].
Fanviolence could pose significant threats to the safety of otherspectators. During the games, opposing teams tend to be hostile toone another, depending on the importance of the match. As such, thespectators become a danger to themselves. Hostility can lead tofights that result in injuries or even death. With the diminishinglevels of civility, fan violence is in abundance, and MetLife is noexception. The level of this risk is high. Athletes are also exposedto flying objects while on the field. Without adequate protection,players can be hit by flying objects thus causing injuries.Similarly, the spectators are exposed to the same risks emanatingfrom a violent viewer. The level of risk is medium to high. This isbecause the probability of the activity happening is dependent onsecurity offered [ CITATION Pau12 l 1033 ].
Overcrowdingis another risk compounding MetLife Stadium. Sometimes the events areoversold thus the stadium carries more spectators than the normalnumbers. Overcrowding can result in injuries, particularly if thespectators are rowdy. Slick surfaces also pose significant threats tooccupants of the MetLife Stadium. The frictionless surfaces can causethe spectators, athletes, or security officers among others to slideand get injured in the process. The risk is low at MetLife.
Short-termand Long-term Resolutions
Friskingof spectators or any other individual entering the stadium is ashort-term resolution to mitigating the risk posed by terrorists.Thorough security checks are necessary to alleviating the attackssince it helps the security personnel to identify any abnormalbehavior. Spectators can also assist in mitigating terror attacksthrough the identification of and reporting any suspiciousactivities. On the other hand, the long-term move would be to preventterror attacks throughout the country. Mitigation should not only bechanneled towards the stadium instead, it should be an all-inclusiveundertaking across the entire country.
Violenceis another common risk that can be avoided through separation of thefan sections. In other words, opposing supporters should not beplaced adjacent to one another. The games draw a lot of emotions, andsometimes spectators go overboard during celebrations. Separating thesections can serve both short and long-term purposes. The sametechnique can be used to protect athletes from flying objects. Thebarriers prevent fans from throwing objects towards the field ofplay. Moreover, frisking should be tighter to prevent the spectatorsfrom carrying dangerous tools into the stadium. Overcrowding would beavoided through stringent rules that restrict the management frommaking such errors. During big matches, the charges should be hikedto limit the number of people applying for the same.
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