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Mexico City Bull Has Message For American Sports Spectators And Stadiums

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A wayward bull reminds us that there is a danger at times just being a spectator at an event. The bull leaped over two barriers in a Mexico City bull ring and injured two very surprised observers. In the U.S. we have the flying puck, the foul ball, the careening race car or its tire, the sliced golf ball, the collapsed bleacher section, the broken railing, the drunken fan, the angry basketball player and other hazards to avoid.

Many of the risks we face at sporting events are well-known and cannot be avoided. However, some injuries are the result of poor facility design, a lack of inspection or maintenance, lax crowd control or other negligent acts. The Mexico City officials have properly commenced a review of the bull ring design. Our arenas, stadiums, racetracks and fields should regularly do the same.

MSNBC tells us how a bullfight became a bullflight.

Bull jumps into stands in Mexico City

Officials question design of bullring after several people injured

MEXICO CITY – A half-ton bull named Pajarito, or “Little Birdy,” jumped into the stands during a bullfight, injuring several spectators before it was killed.

Officials said Monday they planned to reinforce Mexico City’s most famous bullring after the bull leaped into the stands on Sunday, landing on spectators who tried to scatter as the animal ran through the aisles.

“We need to take preventative measures to avoid that a situation of this nature happens again,” Mayor Alejandro Encinas said, adding that Mexico City officials were meeting with specialists to determine the best way to reinforce the stadium.

The bull easily cleared the wall around the bullring and a second, higher fence as it crashed into the stands.

At least two people were hospitalized.

A wayward bull reminds us that there is a danger at times just being a spectator at an event. The bull leaped over two barriers in a Mexico City bull ring and injured two very surprised observers. In the U.S. we have the flying puck, the foul ball, the careening race car or its tire, the sliced golf ball, the collapsed bleacher section, the broken railing, the drunken fan, the angry basketball player and other hazards to avoid.

Many of the risks we face at sporting events are well-known and cannot be avoided. However, some injuries are the result of poor facility design, a lack of inspection or maintenance, lax crowd control or other negligent acts. The Mexico City officials have properly commenced a review of the bull ring design. Our arenas, stadiums, racetracks and fields should regularly do the same.

MSNBC tells us how a bullfight became a bullflight.

Bull jumps into stands in Mexico City

Officials question design of bullring after several people injured

MEXICO CITY – A half-ton bull named Pajarito, or “Little Birdy,” jumped into the stands during a bullfight, injuring several spectators before it was killed.

Officials said Monday they planned to reinforce Mexico City’s most famous bullring after the bull leaped into the stands on Sunday, landing on spectators who tried to scatter as the animal ran through the aisles.

“We need to take preventative measures to avoid that a situation of this nature happens again,” Mayor Alejandro Encinas said, adding that Mexico City officials were meeting with specialists to determine the best way to reinforce the stadium.

The bull easily cleared the wall around the bullring and a second, higher fence as it crashed into the stands.

At least two people were hospitalized.