Every year, millions of people across the United States visit sports arenas to attend football, basketball, hockey, soccer and other team sports. While it can be lots of fun to cheer on one’s favorite teams, many people don’t understand some of the complexities of modern sports arenas. The following guide explores five very common sports stadium secrets.
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1. Not everyone pays the same price for a ticket.
While many people know that box office seats are more expensive at a sports stadium, they may not be aware that many of the general admission seats have a variable price. For example, prices for many types of seats can vary based on a specialized price premium determined by the stadium.
2. You’re being watched.
While not all sports stadiums incorporate this technology, some larger sports stadiums are incorporating digital face recognition systems at all entrances. After entering a stadium, an individual’s face will be scanned. Each entry ticket is tied to a specific person. If someone else tries to enter a sports stadium on a previously used pass, the facial recognition system can determine if it is the same person.
3. You’re being checked for radioactive materials and bombs.
Many large sports stadiums in the United States are being outfitted with radiation detectors. A recent report by the Department of Homeland Security showed that major sports stadiums were a high-value target for terrorists. Because of this, many large stadiums have radiation detectors installed at most entrances. In addition, there are specialized tools that can be used to detect chemical odors from explosives.
4. Some stadiums have on-site surgical facilities for emergencies.
In 1996, the Olympics were hosted in Atlanta, Georgia. Since some Olympic sports can be high impact, athletes are at a high risk of severe injury. In the past, several athletes have died due to the lag time between injury and reaching a hospital. In 1996, officials decided to include a specialized facility for emergency medical procedures. This facility was designed to house up to two athletes for an emergency surgery.
5. Stadiums often have an emergency exit for players.
Many sports fans can be fanatic about their favorite game. Because of this, riots can sometimes break out in a sports stadium. While many riots are harmless, some can turn deadly. Many larger stadiums have a specialized exit that will allow athletes to leave the stadium without coming in contact with any crowds.
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